Gold Coast: Indian weightlifters remained a cut above the rest with Punam Yadav (69kg) adding a fifth gold medal and Vikas Thakur (94kg) picking up a bronze in what has been a truly remarkable campaign so far at the Gold Coast. Punam lifted 98 kg in her second attempt but Vaivai maintained the lead with 100 kg. She started with an 80kg lift in the snatch before managing an effort of 84 kg.
England's Sarah Davies took silver with 217 kg, while Apolonia Vaivai (216 kg) got bronze.
In clean and jerk, the Ludhiana power-man successfully completed his first attempt of 192 kg, however, his next two attempts went in vain as he failed to lift 200 kg to drop to bronze medal spot. Defending champion Steven Kari of Papua New Guinea won a second consecutive CWG title with a total of 370 kg.
Canada's Boady Santavy who lifted 369kg (168kg+201kg) won the silver medal at the event. Before Yadav's gruelling triumph, Mirabai Chanu, Sanjita Chanu, Sathish Sivalingam and Venkat Rahul Ragala conquered their respective weightlifting categories to extended India's gold tally to four medals in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast. This was India's eleventh medal in the ongoing games.
Vikas, who had taken silver in the 85 kg division at the 2014 CWG in Glasgow, Scotland, registered some of his best lifts in global competition.
That being said, this is the first Gold for India's Women's Team in Table Tennis at the Commonwealth Games.
The 22-year-old, who finds it tough to even remember her own phone number, was quite candid about her family, which she says, is financially stable now after her 2014 Glasgow medal. Punam started slowly, lifting 95 kg in her opening attempt. As the competition progressed, Bhaker fired 10, 10.3, 10.6, a sensational 10.9 and a 10.4, which put her in the lead position for gold. In the attempt to lift the weight, the knees may bend and the legs may be split.