Commonwealth Games 2022: Weightlifter Vikas Thakur has won the silver medal in the men’s 96 kg category. Thakur lifted a total weight of 346 kg. He completed a best snatch attempt of 155 kg and a clean & jerk attempt of 191 kg. Samoa’s Don Opeloge won the gold medal with a total lift of 381 kg. He was placed joint-third with Fiji’s Rainibogi after the snatch round. In the clean & jerk round, Thakur started with an attempt of 187 kg and succeeded. He also took a 2 kg advantage over Fiji’s weightlifter.
The Indian weightlifting contingent have now won eight medals at Birmingham 2022, with Mirabai Chanu, Jeremy Lalrinnunga, Achinta Sheuli, Sanket Sargar, Bindyarani Rani, Gururaja Poojary, Harjinder Kaur and Vikas all securing podium finishes.
Career of Vikas Thakur:
This is Vikas Thakur’s third consecutive medal at Commonwealth Games. Vikas Thakur is an Indian weightlifter from Ludhiana who won silver in the men’s 85 kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, Scotland. He won a bronze in the 94 kg weight class at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.