Olympian N. Soniya Chanu lifted a total of 176kg to convincingly win the women’s 48kg title on the opening day of the National weightlifting championship at the SRM University campus here on Sunday.

Soniya’s closest competitor and her Manipur statemate S. Mirabai Chanu was way behind the Olympian with an aggregated lift of 154kg.

The results: Men: 56kg: 1. V.S. Rao (SSCB) snatch 109kg, clean and jerk 137kg, total 246kg; 2. K. Ramana (RSPB) 103kg, 130kg, 233kg; 3. K. Kannudaiyar (Guj) 100kg, 125kg, 225kg. Women: 48kg: 1. N. Soniya Chanu (Mani) 77kg, 99kg, 176kg; 2. S. Mirabai Chanu (Mani) 68kg, 86kg, 154kg; 3. Amandeep Kaur (Pun) 70kg, 81kg, 151kg.

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