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Weightlifting: Mirabai to lead Indian challenge at Asian Games

New Delhi: World Champion Saikhom Mirabai Chanu will spearhead the Indian weightlifting challenge in the upcoming Asian Games as the national federation named a five-member team on Friday.

Mirabai, who won gold in the world championships last year and Commonwealth Games in April, will compete in women's 48 kg while Rakhi Halder has been named as the second women and will take part in 63 kg.

The three men are CWG gold medallist Sathish Sivalingam and Ajay Singh (both 77 kg) and CWG bronze medalist Vikas Thakur (94 kg).

In 2014 Asian Games, India had sent six weightlifters and returned without a medal. Mirabai had finished ninth in her category. This time though she is the favourite to win gold.

Squad:

Women: 48 kg Saikhom Mirabai Chanu; 63 kg Rakhi Halder.

Men: 77 kg Sathish Kumar Sivalingam; Ajay Singh, 94 kg: Vikas Thakur.

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