The 21st edition of the commonwealth games 2018 started yesterday at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, Australia. The grand opening ceremony witnessed fireworks explosion, traditional dancers performing at the stadium, Australian singer Delta Goodrem singing enthusiastically and marching of all the participating team with their respective nation’s flag at the team leader’s hand.
With the beginning of the sports event, India grabbed its first medal with Gururaja Poojary who won silver at the 56 Kg category weightlifting. The 25-year-old hails from small village in Karnataka.
Speaking about the tremendous pressure faced during the final hour, the weightlifter said, “After I failed in the first two attempt, my coach reminded me how much my life depends on this. I remembered my family and my country”.
He added, “I remembered I had seen Sushil Kumar wrestle in the 2010 CWG. I was just starting weightlifting at that time. When I saw him I really wanted to take up wrestling. Then, I met my coach Rajendra Prasad who taught me weightlifting”.
However, India won its first gold medal through Mirabai Chanu at 48 Kg women’s weightlifting category defeating Mauritius’ Marie Hanitra Roliya. She is the only second Indian weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari. She has set a new world record of 194Kg snatch and 109Kg clean-and-jerk at World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, USA.
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Mirabai Chanu showed her talent at the junior levels by wining gold at the South Asian Junior games and 2011 International Youth championship. The 23-year-old was born in East Imphal, Manipur and works as a senior ticket checker at the Indian railways.
She got inspiration from the Indian weightlifting pioneer, Kunjarani Devi and does not take much time to show her extraordinary talent to the world. Her major achievements includes a silver medal at 2014 CWG, gold at 2016 South Asian Games and 2017 Commonwealth games too.