Indian weightlifter Ajay Singh on Friday lifted gold to script a new Commonwealth record in the clean and jerk category.
Lifting up more than double his body weight (190kg), he smashed the national record in the clean and jerk to score vital points at the Olympic qualifying event.
The 22-year-old who is the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship bronze medalist was competing in the 81kg category. He had earlier pulled off a clean lift of 148kgs in the snatch event, taking his total to 338kg.
Ajay Singh’s a18kgs more than his 320kg(142kg+178kg) effort at the Asian Championships held in Ningbo, China in April was his personal best.
Papul Changmai who clinched the yellow metal in the Senior National Weightlifting Championship in February lifted a total of 313kgs (135kg +178kg) to finish behind Ajay in the 81kg category.
Commonwealth gold medalist RV Rahul grabbed the second spot by lifting 325kg (145kg+180kg) in the 89kg event while P Anuradha lifted 221kg (100kg+121kg) to clinch the yellow metal in the men’s 87kg category.