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News Debutant lifter Sivalingam strikes gold, Ravi fetches silver   Email this page
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GLASGOW: Indian weightlifter Satish Sivalingam scripted history in just his debut Commonwealth Games, breaking the Games record en route to a gold medal, while compatriot Ravi Katulu took the silver in the menís 77kg event here.
The 22-year-old Satish, the 2013 Commonwealth Championships gold medalist, lifted a total of 328kg (149+179) to pip the 2010 CWG gold medalist Ravi, who had to be content with a silver medal following an effort of 317kg (142+175).

Australiaís Francois Etoundi bagged the bronze with a lift of 314kg (137+177) at the Clyde Auditorium here.

Satishís 149kg lift in Snatch lift erased the earlier record of 148kg in the name of Yuko Peter of Nauru while winning gold in 2010 Delhi.

India ran away with the dayís honors in weightlifting as Punam Yadav had won a bronze in womenís 63kg earlier in the day with a total lift of 202kg (88+114).

India have now bettered their 2010 CWG performance in weightlifting. India have won nine medals (3-2-4) in weightlifting, one more than the eight (2-2-4) in Delhi.

Both Ravi and Satish performed tactically and began their snatch after most of the other competitors had made their three attempts by keeping the starting weight at 142kg.

Satish was the first of the two Indians to come out and he easily lifted 142kg but Ravi Kumar failed to do so at the same weight. Ravi, however, had a clean lift of 142kg in his second attempt.

Englandís Jack Oliver then set the tempo for a keen contest as he lifted 142kg in his second attempt but failed to clear 145kg in his third.

Satish made another clean lift of 146kg before Ravi made an unsuccessful attempt to go ahead by trying 147kg.

With one lift left for him, Satish went for 149kg in his attempt to break the Commonwealth Games record and he did it yet again in style and punched in the air in delight.

In clean and jerk also, Satish and Ravi followed the same script as they began their attempts by keeping the starting weight high. This time though, Ravi came out ahead of Satish and he lifted 175kg straightaway to jump to the top before Etoundi was successful in his attempt of 177kg to place himself in second spot.

Satish came out and thought he had lifted 178kg but the judges ruled that it was a no-lift. Not to be bogged down by the decision of the judges, Satish went for 179kg and he lifted it to regain the top spot.

Ravi went for 185kg in his second attempt but was unsuccessful and that ensured gold for Satish. He attempted 186kg in a bid to break the Games record in total lift but failed to do so.

Elsewhere, boxers Sumit Sangwan (81kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg) entered the quarterfinals of their respective categories after contrasting wins.

Sumit comfortably defeated Mohammed Hakimu Fumu 3-0 to set up a clash against New Zealandís Davis Nyika on Tuesday.

Manoj also booked a berth in quarterfinals of the menís 64kg category with a 2-1 win over Canadaís Arthur Biyarslanov. Manoj next faces Brit Samuel Maxwell.

On the flip side, Indiaís top singles player Achanta Sharath Kamal and Harmeet Desai were tamed by an energetic Liam Pitchford as India lost the menís team table tennis semifinal 1-3 to England.

Kamal, ranked five places above Pitchford at number 50, lost the opening singles match 4-11, 11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 6-11 to leave India trailing in the best-of-five game semifinal.

Paul Drinkhall made it 2-0 for England when he trounced Anthony Arputharaj 11-5 11-8 11-9 in the second singles.

Anthony combined with Harmeet to bring India back in the contest by winning the menís doubles 7-11 16-14, 11-8, 7-11, 13-11.ĖPTI

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