India opened its medal account at the Commonwealth Games 2022 on Saturday with 21-year-old weightlifter Sanket Mahadev Sargar claiming a silver in the men’s 55 kg category.
He wanted nothing less than the gold, but two failed clean and jerk attempts spoiled his chances, and settled for a combined lift of 248 kg (113 kg+135 kg) to finish second. Then fellow lifter Gururaja Poojary, the silver medallist in the last edition (56 kg), took the bronze in men’s 61 kg.
But the biggest attraction of the day was Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, who shattered Commonwealth Games records to win India’s first gold medal.
Later, another Tokyo Olympic Games medallist Lovlina Borgohain (boxing) started her campaign with a 5-0 win. Bindyarani Sorokhaibam, then, won India’s fourth medal of the day in the women’s 55 kg weightlifting. The women’s hockey team also won but the women’s table tennis team, the defending champions, crashed out. Ca