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Resolute Vikas lifts silver, boxers advance in CWG

Glasgow (PTI): Weightlifter Vikas Thakur showed tremendous grit as he fought back pain to clinch a silver while three boxers inched closer to a medal by advancing to the quarterfinals of the 20th Commonwealth Games here.

Writhing in pain, Thakur produced the lift of his life to clinch the silver in men’s 85kg weightlifting, as Indian lifters continued their spectacular show.

Thakur lifted 333kg (150+183) to bag the silver while Richard Patterson of New Zealand won the gold with a total lift of 335kg (151+184). Canada’s Pascal Plamondon was third with 333kg (151+182), but Thakur bagged the silver on lesser bodyweight.

In the ring, Vijender Singh (75kg), Mandeep Jangra (69kg) and L Devendro Singh (49kg) entered the quarterfinals.

Vijender, a former Olympic and World Championships bronze-medallist, outpunched Namibia’s Mujandjae Kasuto 3-0 in a lopsided contest to make the last-eight stage.

Mandeep, on the other hand, was equally dominant in his 3-0 triumph over Jamaica’s Kestna Davis in a late night contest.

Asian Championships silver-medallist Devendro made the last eight after notching up a tough 2-1 victory over Sri Lanka’s Madushan Gamage.

With the addition of four more medals, India’s overall haul swelled to 25 with seven gold, 12 silver and seven bronze and the country was placed fourth in the standings.

Australia were at the top with followed by England and hosts Scotland. In weightlifting, Thakur was trailing at third with a lift of 150kg after completion of snatch though the gap with the leaders — Patterson and Plamondon — was just one kilogram.

The Indian began with 142kg and then went onto lift 147kg and 150kg in his next two attempts. Patterson, the favourite and last year’s Commonwealth Championships winner, began with 147kg and lifted 151kg in his second attempt. He went for 154kg in his third attempt but failed to lift it.

The 20-year-old Thakur had finished second in the Commonwealth Championships. In clean and jerk, Thakur went for 179kg in his first attempt, but could not lift it.

However, he was successful in his second attempt to jump to the top spot. Plamondon then lifted 182kg to take the top spot. Thakur was non-plussed and he came out to lift 182kg to total 333kg and equal Plamondon.

Hammer thrower Narayan Singh Chandrodaya was the only Indian to qualify for the final round in a disappointing outing for the Indians on the second day of athletics meet.

Chandrodaya finished fifth with 67.95m in qualification group A and his effort was good enough to make it to the final rounds of hammer throw competition at Hampden Park. The other Indian in the fray, Kamalpreet Singh finished sixth in qualification round B to miss out on finals.

Shot putter Om Prakash Karhana finished sixth in the final round. In women’s 400m race, M R Poovamma failed to advance to the final round after finishing fifth in semifinals number one with an effort of 52.88secs. She finished 14th.

Shradha Narayana also failed to advance to the finals after finishing sixth in the semifinal number one with a timing of 11.71secs. In men’s para-sport discus throw F42/44 finals, Jai Deep finished fourth with a best throw of 38.68m.

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