Commonwealth Games 2018: India begin with gold and silver medals in weightlifting

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India's P Gururaja opened the country's medal tally on the first day of the 21st Commonwealth Games, claiming a silver in the men's 56kg category.

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Chanu stood at the top of the podium as the Indian national anthem played for the first time in this year's CWG while a perseverant Gururaja settled for a silver medal.

Mauritian teenager Marie Hanitra Roilya Ranaivosoa finished a distant second with a total of 170kg, while Sri Lanka's Dinusha Gomes came third with 155kg.

At first, things didn't seem easy for Gururaja as he failed to lift the weight of 138 kg in the first two attempts.

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Her total beat the 194kg she set to win gold at the 2017 World Championships in Anaheim in the United States. Read Also: Gymnasts vault India's hopesHe also set a new Games record in the snatch with a successful lift of 117 kg in his second attempt. In clean and jerk, he lifted 144kg. "With fans in the crowd, I wanted to give them something to cheer about by delivering a fast time". The much-hyped shuttlers also made a winning start to their campaign, defeating Sri Lanka and Pakistan 5-0 respectively in the mixed team event matches.

Muhammad Aznil Bidin of Malaysia won the gold medal with a lift of 288kg.

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"I am in the shape of my life and am gutted to miss out on the opportunity to show what I can do", Proud said. "It was too heavy for me", he further added.

The women's hockey team lost 2-3 to Wales in their opener, a massive shock for the 10th-ranked Indians at the hands of the world no. 26 team.

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