Chandrakant triumphs

Chandrakant triumphs

Services lifter clinches 94kg title; Janeshowri scores

Mali, who has a personal best of 325 kg in the 85 kg category that earned him a fourth place during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, lifted 141 kg in snatch and 174 kg in clean and jerk for a total of 315 kg to make the yellow metal his own.

The Kolhapur-born lifter had also won the gold at the National Games with a haul of 307 kg (135 kg, 172 kg) and said he was happy about his performance here.  “I am quite happy with the way I competed here and the fact that I was able to better my National Games performance is quite satisfying,’’ Mali added.

The 24-yr-old Mali is employed with the Bombay Engineering Group and trains at the Army Sports Institute, Pune.

Kerala’s M Shyamlal bagged the silver with a total lift of 312 kg (140 kg in snatch and 172 kg in clean and jerk). Shyamlal challenged Mali hard in clean and jerk but came up short in the end. Mali lifted a best of 174 in his second attempt and failed at 176 in the third. The Kerala man went for the kill in his third attempt trying to lift 176 kg but fell short.

In the women’s 75 kg class, Bihar’s A Janeshowri Devi won the gold lifting a total of 190 kg — 86 kg in snatch and 104 kg in clean and jerk. The 24-year-old from Imphal who trains at the Sports Authority of India, Bangalore said she was confident about a good performance here. “I was expecting a medal here for sure and winning the gold feels great. If the competition was tougher I would have lifted 5-6 kgs more,’’ the National Games silver medallist said. Janeshowri had missed the Commonwealth Games after suffering an injury. Her personal best is 210 kg (95 kg, 115 kg) that she lifted during the Visakhapatnam Nationals.

IWF plans

The Indian Weightlifting Federation is on an overdrive to ensure a clean Nationals this time and Sahdev Yadav, secretary of the federation said having a dope-free event here would be encouraging for the sport. “It would be a boost for our game if the championships here is completely clean and we are doing all we can to ensure that’’.

On the doping issue that is threatening to destroy Indian weightlifting, Yadav said he was looking ahead with hope. “We have forgotten the past, National Games was clean and that is a positive sign.”

On the less number of national records being set, Yadav felt it was due to strict anti-doping measures. “If records are broken it is good. However, we want a clean sport and records are secondary. We don’t want anyone to break records using wrong methods.’’

Yadav was optimistic about India’s performance at the Asian Championships in Tongling, China, from April 5 to 18.  India will be fielding a five-member team for the championships, including K Ravi Kumar (77kg), M Santoshi (53 kg), Janeshowri Devi (75 kg), Sanjitha Chanu (48 kg) and Chandreshowri Devi (58 kg).

Results: Men -- 85 kg: LB Singh (Services), 298 kg (Snatch 131 kg, 167 kg) 1; Santokh Kumar (Punjab), 293 kg (126 kg, 167 kg) 2; K Haragopal (IWF), 288 kg (125 kg, 163 kg) 3. 94 kg: Chandrakant Mali (Services), 315 kg (141 kg, 174 kg) 1; M Shyamlal (Kerala), 312 kg (140 kg, 172 kg) 2; Manjit Singh (Jharkhand), 305 kg (145 kg, 160 kg) 3.  Women -- 75 kg: A Janeshowri Devi (Bihar), 190 kg (86 kg, 104 kg) 1; KH Premila Devi (Manipur), 182 kg (80 kg, 102 kg) 2; Pardeep Kaur (Punjab), 161 kg (70 kg, 91 kg) 3.