Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu won the second gold medal for India by winning the 53 kg event in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast City, Australia defeating defending champion Loa Dika Toua of Papua, New Guinea.
24 year old Sanjita Chanu, who hails from Manipur, broke the existing Commonwealth Games record with a sharp lift of 84 kg in the snatch category and then lifted 108 kg in the clean & jerk category thereby finishing off with a combined effort of 192 kg. The defending champion, Loa Dika Toua of Papua, New Guinea received a silver medal with a total lift of 182 (80 in snatch and 102 in clean & jerk) and Canada’s Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet finished with a combined effort of 181 kg (81 in snatch and 100 in clean & jerk) thereby clinching the bronze medal.
Sanjita Chanu, a 24 year old girl from Manipur, was influenced by N. Kunjarani Devi. In the past, she has been a recipient of the gold medal at the 2009 senior national teams before she participated in the 2011 Asian Weightlifting Champions held in China. She followed up her dream and clinched the gold medal at the 2012 Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships. In the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Sanjita won gold over Mirabai Chanu with a total lift of 173 kg, two kgs short of the Games record.
Following her win in the 48 kg category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Sanjita Chanu was one of the medal contenders for India. She later switched to the 53 kg category where she began snatch with a lift of 81 kg, which equalled the previous record of 83 kg. In her second attempt, she attempted a super lift of 84 kg, thus, giving her a clear lead of 3 kg heading straight into the clean & jerk section.
In the clean & jerk, the 24 year old Sanjita clinched the gold medal after attempting lifts of 104 kg and 108 kg before losing her balance in the final attempt. Defending champion, Dika Toua had to lift 113 kg in her final lift stumbled and lost grip, paving the way for Sanjita Chanu’s win.