Gold Coast: Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won the first gold medal for India in the 21st Commonwealth games in style, as she broke the games record en route to her medal.
She was competing in the 48 kg event and broke the record in the snatch category, lifting 86 kg in her third attempt. Second placed Amanda Braddock managed 76 kgs.
In the clean and jerk category, she lifted 110 kg and broke her personal record, which was 194 kg. Now, her personal best stands at 196 kg (110kg + 86 kg). In a remarkable performance, Chanu smashed the Commonwealth and the Games record in snatch, pulling off clean lifts in all her three attempts (80kg, 84kg and 86kg).
She then lifted more than double her body weight (103kg, 107kg and 110kg) in three successful attempts to claim the clean and jerk as well as the overall Games record.
Earlier, P Gururaja claimed a silver medal in the men’s 56kg event to open India’s medal account in the quadrennial extravaganza.
Weightlifter P Gururaja opened India’s medal account on the first competition day of the 21st Commonwealth Games, claiming a silver in the men’s 56kg category here on Thursday.
The 25-year-old Gururaja equalled his personal best of 249kg (111+138) to finish second in a field where Malaysia’s three-time Commonwealth Championships medallist Muhammad Izhar Ahmed (117+144) broke the Games record for snatch and overall lift.
Gururaja was third after snatch, pulling off a best of 111kg after two good lifts before surviving a few nervy moments in clean and jerk. The Indian failed in his first two attempts before managing a good lift off his last chance to zoom to the top half of the table.