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Sanjita Khumukcham Chanu  on born 2 January 1994 is an Indian weightlifter. She is from Manipur. Most influential person in career Her parents Sanjita Khumukcham and Mirabai Saikhom, both from Manipur, won the gold and silver to give India a bright start on the medal’s tally on the first day itself.There was more to come for Delhi as later in evening, the men’s 56kg lifting competition was expected to provide another brace of medals through Sukhen Dey and Ganesh Mali, who are seeded among the top three at the start, with Malaysia’s Mohd. Faizal Baharom expected to give them a fight for the colour of the medals the  memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2011 Asian Championships in Tongling, China. Weight lifter khumukcham sanjita won first gold medal in common wealth Games. Sanjita won with a total lift of 173kg (77+96) while Mirabai grabbed the silver with a cumulative effort of 170 (75+95) in the absence of other strong competitors. Nigerai’s Nkechi Opara was a distant third with 162 (70+92).Sanjita’s total of 173kg missed the Games record, held the name of 2010 CWG gold winner Augustina Nkem Nwaokolo (175kg effort) by two kilograms. Sanjita’s 77kg effort in snatch however equalled Nwaokolo’s Commonwealth Games record.

The clean and jerk contest went on almost similar lines with Sanjita and Mirabai taking the bar and the bell after most of their opponents had exhausted their attempts below the 90kg entry weight of the two Indians. Sensing that they could be in for top two positions, the Indian duo raised their entry weight to over 90kg and put pressure and physical exertion on their opponents who had to continue their attempts in quick succession.There was a brief moment of tension in the Indian camp after Opara and Mirabai lifted 92kg, and Sanjita failed to clear the same weight. But Sanjita lifted 92kg in her second attempt to give a sigh of relief to the Indian camp.The contest left to be fought between the two Indians, Mirabai lifted 95kg to put herself in contention, but Sanjita roared back with a 96kg lift to retain the first position. Sanjita and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu opened India’s campaign on a flying note by winning a gold and silver respectively in women’s 48kg before Dey and Ganesh Mali bagged with first and third position in men’s 56kg to cap a remarkable day for the Indians at the Clyde Auditorium.

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