Soniya Chanu settles for Silver

Soniya Chanu, the 30 year old weight lifter won silver medal in women’s weightlifting 48kg category on Monday 4th Oct 2010 in Commonwealth Games being held in New Delhi. Soniya Chanu, who hails from Manipur of North East India, was expected to win the gold.

Nigerian schoolgirl Augustina Nwaokolo won the gold lifting 175Kgs in total while Soniya Chanu won by lifting 167 Kg in total. Soniya Chanu has personal best of 175Kgs in previous other competition.

Sandhya Rani won bronze as India’s grip on the division ended after Kunjarani Devi had won 48kg gold in Manchester in 2002 and Melbourne four years ago.

“There was no pressure on me and I was so happy for what I got,” said Chanu.

“It wasn’t our day. We practiced well, but today we couldn’t do it.”

The gold medal was Nigeria’s seventh in a women’s event in Commonwealth Games history, but the first in a sport other than athletics.

“I lifted more weight than this during practice, but today I couldn’t,” said Rani.

The result was a devastating blow to Indian hopes in a sport in which they have traditionally excelled at Commonwealth Games level.

At the 2006 Melbourne Games, Indian lifters won nine medals, including three golds while in Manchester, four years earlier, they had bagged 27 medals in total, 12 of them gold.

Source : Times Of Inda

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