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Commonwealth Games: Lifters Mirabai, Sanjita book berths

New Delhi: Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and K Sanjita Chanu on Tuesday qualified for next year's Commonwealth Games after winning a gold each in their respective weight categories at the Commonwealth Senior (men & women) weightlifting championships held at Gold Coast, Australia.

Mirabai lifted 85 kg in snatch and 104 kg in clean & jerk for an overall total of 189 kg to finish on top of the podium in women's 48 kg weight division. She broke Commonwealth record in snatch event with a lift of 85kg, bettering her own record by 1kg.
Meanwhile, Sanjita also bagged the yellow metal in women's 53kg with a total effort of 195kg (85kg + 110kg) and qualified for the Commonwealth Games, to be held at the same venue next year. M Santoshi claimed the second position in 53kg after she lifted 86kg in snatch and 108kg in clean and jerk for a total of 194kg.
In men's 56kg, Gururaja clinched a bronze medal with a total lift of 246kg (107kg + 139kg). In the junior categories, Ananya Patil and Jeremy Lalrinnunga clinched two gold medals each for India in both youth as well as junior women's and men's categories.
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