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India aiming to break their own records

 NEW DELHI, Oct 2 (PTI): Shooting and weightlifting have always contributed in swelling India’s medal tally at the Commonwealth Games and the players from the host nation would look to better their record when they compete before the home crowd in favourable conditions from Monday.

Indians have been so dominant in these disciplines that now they 20 weightlifting and 15 shooting records in their kitty.

Kunjarani Devi and dope-tainted Shailaja Pujari hold three records each in their respective categories in weightlifting 2002, a performance that helped India achieve their best ever medal haul of 69 till date.

Shooters are not far behind with Anjali Bhagwat having three records, including one with team, to her credit. Gagan Narang boasts two individual records, besides six team records by India.

Anjali holds the women’s 50m rifle three position and women’s air rifle individual and team records that she claimed in 2002.

In the previous edition, Gagan Narang gave two record performances — in men’s 50m rifle three position and air rifle in Indian shooters’ golden glut.

Samresh Jung has two team (25 standard pistol and air pistol team) and one individual (air pistol) records to his credit, all of them in last year’s Games in Melbourne.

Jaspal Rana (25m standard pistol), Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (double trap), Vijay Kumar (rapid fire pistol) and Roopa Unnikrishan (smallbore sport rifle prone) have one record each to their names.

In all, India have six records in team events in shooting.

Pujari, who won three gold medals at the 2002 Games in Manchester, failed an out-of-competition test conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) last September and was banned for life. She lifted 125 kg in clean and jerk, 97.5 kg in snatch for a combined weight of 222.5 kg in her 75kg weight category.

Celebrated Manipuri lifter Kunjarani Devi has her three records in the 48kg, which she had achieved through 92.5kg clean and jerk, 75kg snatch and 167.5 combined in 2002.

Chandersekaran Rajhavan, Sanamacha Chanu, Badathala Adisekhar and Paramjit Sharma also have two records each in their respective categories.

Rajhavan lifted 127.5kg in clean and jerk, while he had 105kg in snatch at the 1990 Games in Auckland.

Chanu (53kg) has record lifts of 100kg (clean and jerk) and 82.50kg (snatch), that she had achieved in 2002.

In Victoria 1994, Badathala Adisekhar (54kg) lifted record weights of 132.5kg (clean and jerk) and 237.5 kg (combined) for his two records.

Paramjit Sharma (67.5kg) is into the Games record books twice for his 165kg (clean and jerk) and 130kg (snatch) efforts in Auckland, 1990.

Murgesan Veerasamy (men’s 54kg snatch), Parvesh Chander Sharma (men’s 60kg clean and jerk), Pratima Kumari (women’s 63kg clean and jerk), Karnadhar Mondal (men’s 75kg snatch), Geeta Rani (women’s 75kg snatch) and Satheesha Rai (men’s 77kg snatch) are the other names holding one record each in weightlifting.

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