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Vikas Thakur of India poses on the podium after winning the silver medal in the Men’s 85kg weightlifting competition at the Clyde Auditorium during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday. Photo: AFP
Vikas Thakur of India poses on the podium after winning the silver medal in the Men’s 85kg weightlifting competition at the Clyde Auditorium during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday. Photo: AFP

Commonwealth Games: Vikas Thakur bags silver in weightlifting

Thakur lifted 333kg to bag the silver, while Richard Patterson of New Zealand won the gold with a total lift of 335kg

Glasgow: Writhing in pain, young Vikas Thakur produced the lift of his lifetime to clinch the silver medal in men’s 85kg weightlifting, as Indian lifters continued their spectacular show in the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in .

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.

There was drama towards the end as Patterson’s second attempt of 184kg in clean and jerk was declared no lift but he made a clean lift in a tense situation to bag the gold.

The Indian camp waited anxiously as Thakur would have won the gold if Patterson had failed in his third attempt.

But that did not happen as the New Zealander lifted 184kg clean and Thakur had to be content with a silver.

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

Vijender Singh, 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.

Jangra, 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 Singh 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. PTI

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