New Delhi: Laishram Monika Devi fetched the first medals for India in the Asian weightlifting championships in Kanazawa, Japan, on Tuesday by finishing overall third in the women’s 69kg category.
Monika lifted a total of 222kg (100 in snatch and 122 in clean and jerk) to finish behind Liu Chunhong of China (262 — 117+145) and Kao Ya-chun of Chinese Taipei (222 — 98+124) respectively.
The Manipur girl added a silver and bronze as she was second in snatch and third in clean and jerk.
Compatriot Srishti Singh finished last in the 10-lifter field with a total of 168kg (78+90).
In the men’s 56kg section, Valluri Srinavasa Rao lifted a total of 237kg (102+135) to end a disappointing eighth in a 13-lifter field.
In the men’s 69kg class, Govindan Elumalai and Katulu Ravi Kumar stood overall 10th and 11th respectively with total lifts of 288kg (130+158) and 285kg (128+157).
On Monday, Kailas Pujari ended a disappointing 15th in the men’s 62kg category with a total lift of 253kg (110+143). — PTI