Weightlifting: Mirabai Chanu's Asian Games Campaign Ends In Heartbreak, Finishes 4th
Olympic silver medalist weightlifter Mirabai Chanu could not get a podium finish in the women's 49 kg as she finished fourth at the Asian Games
Mirabai Chanu's Asian Games campaign ended in agony as the Olympic medallist was carried off after she fell flat on her back following a failed lift, success in which would have fetched her a bronze medal in the women's 49kg event in Hangzhou on Saturday. Chanu, who was under pressure after a disappointing snatch outing, went for a 117kg clean and jerk lift but failed to clear it twice. If she had succeeded there, the Tokyo Olympics silver medallist would have finished with a bronze.
In her final attempt she fell flat on her back and had to be carried away by the coaching staff. Chanu signed off in fourth place with a total effort of 191kg (83kg+108kg).
Vying for the only medal missing from her decorated trophy cabinet, Chanu started with a safe 83kg snatch lift, which ended up being her only legal lift in the section.
The script went awry after that as she hurried her 86kg attempt and ended up fluffling it. Chanu chose not to increase her weight despite several lifters opting to lift more than her.
But the Manipuri just couldn't rise from a squat position and fell forward while the bar fell back.
At the end of snatch, Chanu was in the sixth position with three lifters heaving 90kg or more.
Two-time world champion Jiang Huihua of China logged a best snatch of 94kg which was a whopping 11kg more than Chanu and was also a Games record.
Chanu was forced to make up for her weak snatch in the clean and jerk event.
North Korea's Ri Song-gum defended her Asian Games crown with a world record lift of 124kg in clean and jerk.
Song-gum had a total effort of 216kg (92kg+124kg) as she upstaged local favourite HuiHua 213kg (94kg+119kg) who had to settle for silver.
Thailand's Thanyathon Sukcharoe took home the bronze with 199kg (90kg+109kg).
Indian women's campaign end with consolation win over Nepal in Handball
The Indian women's handball team ended its campaign on a positive note after beating lower-ranked Nepal in their last match at the Asian Games on Saturday. India finished at the fifth spot.
India dished out a clinical performance to outwit Nepal 44-19 in a Group B match at the Zhejiang Normal University Xiaoshan Gymnasium.
India's Nidhi Sharma scored maximum 11 goals with an impressive strike rate of 84.61, helping her side to a comfortable victory.
However, India are already out of medal contention after losing their two group stage matches. They had lost to 2018 silver medallist Japan and Jakarta bronze medallist China, while one match ended up in a draw against Hong Kong.
In the last edition, India finished at the ninth spot.
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