CWG: Venkat Ragala bags India's fourth weightlifting gold

Ragala's total lift of 338kg gave India its fourth gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

India's men's 85Kg Weightlifting Gold medalist Rahul Venkat Ragala poses for the photographers during a medal ceremony at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast   -  AP

Venkat Rahul Ragala became the fourth Indian weightlifter to claim a gold medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games, coming out trumps in a tense contest at Gold Coast on Saturday.

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The 21-year-old Rahul, who is a Commonwealth Championships gold-medallist, lifted a total of 338kg (151kg+187kg) to finish on top.

The Indian was locked in a close battle with Samoa’s Don Opeloge, who ended with a total of 331kg (151kg+180kg).

Both the lifters opted for 191kg as their final clean and jerk lift and both of them failed but Rahul clinched the top prize owing to Opeloge’s failed second attempt at a 188kg lift.

Had Opologe managed a good final lift, Rahul would have ended with a silver as he had already fouled his third attempt.

In the Commonwealth Championships last year, Rahul had lifted a total of 351kg (156kg+195kg).

Earlier in the day, it was Sathish Sivalingam who clinched a gold medal in the 77kg category. The other two weightlifting gold medals were won by Mirabai Chanu and Sanjita Chanu.