ADESANMI wins Nigerian battle to take weightlifting Gold from teammate OKOLI
ADESANMI Olauwatoyin (NGR) beat fellow Nigerian and defending champion OKOLI Obioma to Gold in the Women’s 63kg weightlifting on bodyweight, after both finished with a Total of 207kg at the Clyde Auditorium on Sunday.
OKOLI needed to lift 123kg in the final Clean and Jerk of the competition – 6kg more than her previous successful attempt – to overtake ADESANMI. But failure to do so left her with Silver, as she weighs 0.99kg more than her 22 year old teammate.
India’s 19 year old YADAV Punam (IND) took Bronze with 202kg.
Nigeria now tops the weightlifting medal tally with two Gold, three Silver and one Bronze. India is second with two Gold, one Silver and four Bronze.
OKOLI almost went out of the competition altogether after two failed Snatch before making her third attempt at 90kg. But it left her 2kg behind ADESANMI going into the Clean and Jerk when she put pressure on her teammate with lifts of 111kg and 117kg.
ADESANMI made her first attempt of 115kg but she failed on two attempts at 120kg. That could have opened the door for OKOLI but the Delhi 2010 champion failed on the Clean.
India’s SIVALINGAM breaks Snatch Record to take Gold in hard-fought contest
Indian debutant SIVALINGAM Satish (IND) broke the Commonwealth Games Record for the Snatch with a mark of 149kg and kept his nerve on the way to Gold in the Men’s 77kg.
His rivals had brief hope in the Clean and Jerk, but his second lift of 179kg sealed a Total of 328kg and India’s 5th Weightlifting Gold here in Glasgow.
Teammate KATULU Ravi’s (IND) Silver with 317kg consolidated India’s position on top of Medal Tally over Nigeria, but the event’s most extraordinary moment came when ETOUNDI Francois (AUS) came from down the field adding 7kg to his final Clean and Jerk to jump into what would prove to be Bronze finish, knocking OLIVER Jack (ENG) off the podium. ETOUNDI finished with a Total of 314kg to OLIVER’s 313kg.
The contest began to heat up as a group of 4 lifters hustled for supremacy in the Snatch, with Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Champion in the 69kg KATULU and SIVALINGAM waiting in the wings.
Oceania Champion ETOUNDI who was 4th in the 69kg at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games for Cameroun before applying for asylum, set the standard with 137kg but that was immediately battered by OLIVER with 138kg.
However, the Indian lifters were taking the competition to another level. After a first missed attempt in the Clean and Jerk, SIVALINGAM and went for 179kg on his next lift and succeeded before failing with an attempt of the Total Record. He ended on 328kg and the Gold while KATULU was awarded the Silver with 317kg.