Vikas Thakur on Tuesday won a silver in the men’s 96kg weightlifting at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Thakur had to spend a few anxious minutes at the end to confirm his medal as his closest competitors failed to register a single lift in the clean and jerk.
Thakur’s 346kg total (155kg snatch and 191kg c&j) saw him finish second behind Samoa’s Don Opeloge who went past the game standards in both events for a whopping total lift of 381kg (171kg snatch and 210kg c&j). Fiji’s Taniela Tuisuva Rainbogi took home bronze with a total of 343kg (155kg snatch and 188kg c&j).
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The event started with gold medal favourite and Tokyo Olympics fourth-place finisher Boady Santavy pulling out with an injury. That left the field open with England’s Cyrille Tchatchet II, Cyprus’ Antonis Martasidis and Thakur all in contention to take gold.
However, it was the Samoan Opeloge who blew the competition out of the water to take gold. Opeloge had won silver in Gold Coast four years ago when competing in the 85kg event but had been moving up the weight classes ever since and…