Manu Bhaker, Punam Yadav win gold at CWG 2018

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He wished weightlifters Punam Yadav and Ragala Venkat Rahul for winning gold and Vikas Thakur for bronze, saying the "exceptional success of our wightlifters will motivate more youngsters to pursue the game". She lifted an impressive total of 192 kg to win the medal.

England's Sarah Davies took silver with 217 kg, while Apolonia Vaivai (216 kg) got bronze.

However, she recovered to lift 122 kg in her third attempt and Vavai's failure at that same weight put the Indian in the leading position for the gold.

It was, however, Steven Kari from Papua New Guinea who stole the show with his combined lift of 370kg, including a final successful 216kg lift in clean and jerk to pip Santavy to the title. Bhaker became a medal prospect at the Commonwealth Games after she won two gold medals at the ISSF World Cup this year in the women's 10m air pistol and the mixed team pistol event.

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At present, India's medal tally reads six gold, two silver and three bronze.

"Early on we had enough chances and I thought we played well in first quarter but then we went away from the game plan", he said. "She was capable of pulling it off", Punam Yadav said. The England worldwide matched Yadav performance in clean and jerk and lifted 122kg.

Yadav had claimed a silver at last year's Commonwealth Championships last year, her first event after making the jump from 63kg to 69kg category. She failed to lift 108kg in her third and final effort.

Punam lifted 98 kg in her second attempt but Vaivai maintained the lead with 100 kg. In the attempt to lift the weight, the knees may bend and the legs may be split. She had won a gold in Glasgow in the 48 kg category as well. On the day, she pulled off a personal best of 222kg (110kg+122kg) to claim the top spot ahead of England's Sarah Davies, who finished with 217kg (95kg+122kg).

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