Natl weightlifting c'ship: Mirabai pips Sanjita for gold

S. Mirabai Chanu won the 48 kg gold medal in the Senior National Weightlifting Championship. In the men's 56 kg category, Gururaja from Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) won the gold medal.

Mirabai Chanu

S. Mirabai Chanu lifted 81 kg in the snatch category and 105 kg in the clean and jerk category to finish with an overall total of 186 kg.   -  Reuters

Rio Olympian S. Mirabai Chanu from Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) lifted one kg more than Commonwealth Gold medalist Kh. Sanjita Chanu, also from RSPB, to win the gold in the 48 kg women's category in the 69th men and 32nd women Senior National Weightlifting Championship at Ponjesly Engineering College here on Monday.

S. Mirabai Chanu lifted 81 kg in the snatch category and 105 kg in the clean and jerk category to finish with an overall total of 186 kg. Sanjita Chanu fell two short at 79 kg in snatch while lifting 106 kg in the Clean and Jerk category to finish runner-up at 185 kg.

S. Mirabai Chanu was very pleased with her effort. "I never thought I would lift 105 kg in the Clean and Jerk Category. I worked hard on my fitness after the Rio Olympics. I am training at the National Camp in Patiala along with other Indian players under my coach Vijay Sharma".

India coach Vijay Sharma said: "I want to look for more talent in this championship. About 15 boys and 15 girls from the National Camp will participate in the Commonwealth Games qualifying event at Queensland in September next year. A maximum of 16 players can qualify for the Commonwealth Games"

"New rules have come into place where there can be only one player who can participate in one category. I want to switch Kh. Sanjita Chanu to the 53 kg category so that she and S. Mirabai Chanu can continue to be medal prospects for India. We also need to start preparing for the Asian Games in 2018," Vijay said.

M. Santoshi continued the good run for RSPB with a gold in the 53 kg women's category. She was the clear winner, lifting an overall weight of 186 kg (83 (snatch) + 103 (clean & Jerk))

The Commonwealth silver medalist will be at the National Camp in Patiala after the event.

In the men's 56 kg category, Gururaja from Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) won the gold medal lifting an overall weight of 246 kg.