Lifters Purnima, Lalchhanhimi disappoint at CWG

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Gold Coast (Australia), April 9 (IANS) Indian women weightlifters performed disappointingly at the 21st Commonwealth Games on Monday with Purnima Pandey and Lalchhanhimi faring poorly in their respective events.

Purnima Pandey finished sixth in a field of eight competitors in the women’s +90kg category.

She struggled right form the start, posting a best effort of 94kg in the snatch, which was 19kg less than eventual gold medallist Feagaiga Stowers’ chart topping attempt of 113kg.

Purnima managed a best of 118 kg in the clean jerk for a total of 212kg.

Stowers cleared 140kg to clinch the gold for Samoa with a total of 253kg — a whopping 41kg more than Purnima’s total.

Charisma Amoe-Tarrant of Nauru took silver with a total of 243kg while England’s Emily Campbell bagged the bronze with 242kg.

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Competing in the women’s 90kg category, Lalchhanhimi fared even worse. She finished last amongst eight in her event with a total of 194kg.

She failed two of her attempts in the snatch to register 85kg. Her best effort in clean and jerk was 109kg.

Eileen Cikamatana of Fiji won gold in the event with a total of 233kg. Kaity Fassina (232kg) of Australia and Cameroon’s Clementine Meukeugni Noumbissi (226kg) took silver and bronze, respectively.



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