Weightlifter Thakur strikes silver in men’s 96kg

Birmingham, 2 Aug: Indian heavyweight lifter Vikas Thakur added yet another Commonwealth Games medal to his kitty, winning a silver in the men’s 96kg here on Tuesday.
The seasoned Thakur lifted a total of 346kg (155kg+191kg) to finish second and claim his third CWG medal across three editions.
It was Thakur’s second silver, having finished second in the 2014 Glasgow edition as well. In Gold Coast, he had returned with a bronze.
Samoa’s Don Opeloge 381kg (171kg+210kg) bettered his 2018 silver by clinching gold with a record-breaking performance.
“I’m very happy to have won my third CWG medal. Today also happens to be my mom’s (Asha Devi Thakur’s) birthday. I want to dedicate this medal to her,” Thakur said after the win.
A massive 35kg separated him from the ‘Don’ of Samoa but the 28-year-old is confident that he would improve and match his standards in near future.
“Last time in 2018, I had to change my category and in 85kg Rahul (Venkat Ragala) had defeated him (Opeloge). I had an injury and had to play in 94kg and won the bronze (at Gold Coast).
“It’s good for us that the standard is improving in CWG. We have been domin-ating in this discipline. But we have to still work hard to achieve the world standard,” Thakur said. (PTI)