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Mirabai claims gold in Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship

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New Delhi: Former world champion Mirabai Chanu won a gold on the opening day of the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship on Tuesday. She lifted a total of 191kg (84kg + 107 kg) in the senior women’s 49 kg in the Olympic qualifying event.

Mirabai last took part at the Asian Championship in Ningbo, China where she lifted 199kg (86kg+113kg) but missed a medal by a whisker.

The Indian contingent won 13 medals so far that included eight gold, three silver and two bronze medals in senior, junior and youth categories.

The qualification process for the 2020 Olympic Games is based on the performances of the weightlifters in six events over a period of 18 months out of which the four best results logged by a lifter will be considered.

Jhilli Dalabehera secured first position. She lifted 154kg (70kg+94kg) in the senior women’s 45kg event which is not an Olympic weight category.

In the senior women’s 55kg, Soroikhaibam Bindyarani Devi and Matsa Santoshi won the gold and silver medals respectively. In the senior men’s 55kg category, Rishikanta Singh bagged the gold with a total lift of 235kg (105kg+130kg).

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Olympic swimming champion Cameron appointed Laureus ambassador

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London: South African swimming legend Cameron van der Burgh has spoken of his belief in the work of Laureus Sport for Good in his new role as the Laureus ambassador.

Cameron, who holds both the world short-course 50m and 100m breaststroke records, got straight to work by spending time with young people from the Laureus supported Fight for Peace in London. Fight for Peace works to realise the potential of young people in communities affected by crime and violence, and operates in 25 countries globally through academies and via community-based organisations trained in its methodology.

Cameron’s swimming career started at the age of 11 when he took up the sport as an outlet for his energy after being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He immediately fell in love with the sport, which helped him focus both in and out of the pool. At 16, he started channelling all of his efforts into swimming and went on to become a multiple world and Olympic champion and world record holder.

The highlight of Cameron’s career came at the London 2012 Olympics where he won gold in the 100m breaststroke, breaking the world record in the process. Throughout his career, Cameron also won more than a dozen World Championship medals across both the long and short course. The South African star announced his retirement from the sport after the 2018 FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships, where he won two gold medals.

New Laureus ambassador Cameron van der Burgh visits the Fight for Peace programme.

Speaking after his first visit to a Laureus programme, Cameron said: “As an 11-year-old, sport gave me hope and changed my life for the better. It’s an honour for me to be here twenty years later as a member of the Laureus family. From what I have just experienced here at Fight for Peace, sport continues to have an incredible power to positively influence the lives of young people.

“The work Laureus is supporting around the world, using the power of sport to improve the lives of young people is something I feel passionate about and I look forward to working with the team and helping in any way I can.”

Globally, Laureus Sport for Good supports more than 180 programmes in over 40 countries who all use the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage. Each programme Laureus supports is aligned with the charitable standards set out by the United Nations, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Vijender continues unbeaten pro run with 11th straight win

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It was Vijender Singh's eighth knockout win overall.

New York: Ace boxer Vijender Singh clinched a technical knockout over the more experienced Mike Snider on his debut in the US professional circuit here.

Vijender, 33, prevailed in four rounds for his 11th consecutive victory in the pro circuit in the eight-round super middleweight contest held on Saturday night (early Sunday morning in India).

Vijender cornered Snider with a flurry of straight punches in the second minute of the fourth round. That is when the referee adjudged the bout in the Indian’a favour.

This was Vijender’s eighth knockout win overall.

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Sprinter Hima Das claims 200m gold in Czech Republic

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Hima Das has now won two international gold medals in two weeks.

Kladno: Ace sprinter Hima Das bagged her third international gold in two weeks after she bagged the top spot in women`s 200m event at the Kladno Memorial Athletics Meet here om Czech Republic.

On Saturday, Das clocked 23.43 seconds to bag the top honours.

Meanwhile, national record holder Muhammed Anas also won gold in the men`s 400m race as he clocked 45.21 seconds to bag the top honours.

In her first competitive 200m race of the year on July 2, Das had clocked 23.65 sec to win gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix, also in Poland.

After that, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland on July 8. Braving a sore back, the Assam runner had clocked 23.97 seconds to win the gold while Kerala runner V.K. Vismaya had grabbed silver with a timing of 24.06 seconds.

World junior champion Hima has a personal best of 23.10 seconds, which she clocked last year.

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