Commonwealth Games: Indika lifts his way to Sri Lanka’s first Silver
Weightlifter Indika Dissanayake claimed Sri Lanka’s third medal at the 21st Commonwealth Games a short while ago today (6th) in Gold Coast Australia, winning Silver in the Men’s 69Kg weight category.
Indika cleared a total of 297kg to clinch the island’s first Silver at the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games. In the Snatch, he managed to top the list with a commanding lift of 137Kg and looked at ease lifting 160kg in his first attempt of the ‘Clean & Jerk’.
Eventual Gold medalist, Welshman Gareth Evans having lifted 136kg in the snatch, cleared 160Kg in his first attempt in the ‘Clean and Jerk’ but went 3 kilos better in his second attempt taking his total to 299Kg. Indika had to make sure he lifted 163Kg to claim Gold but failed in both his attempts to achieve the mark. Indian Deepak Lather won Bronze, clearing a total weight of 295Kg.
Earlier in the day, weightlifter Chamari Warnakulasuriya competed in the women’s 53Kg category and was placed 4th clearing a total weight of 172Kg. Chamari Snatched 78Kg and lifted 94Kg in the ‘Clean and Jerk’ which is her personal best and also a new national record in the event but it was not enough to carry her to the podium. Indian Sanjita Chanu won the Gold medal with a total of 192kg while Papua New Guinean Loka Toua and Canadian Rachel Bazinet won the Silver and Bronze medals respectively.
Nadeeshani Rajapakse will be competing in the Women’s 58Kg weight category later in the day and will be looking to add the fourth medal to the Island’s medal tally.