Luck was on Harjinder’s side as she was assured a podium finish after Nigeria’s gold medal favorite Joy Eze was eliminated after three failed attempts in the clean and jerk category.
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England’s Sarah Davies won the gold medal with a total of 229 kg, while Canada’s Alexis Ashworth took the silver with 214.
Harjinder had a total of 212 (93 in snatch and 119 in clean and jerk).
On his way to the gold medal, Davies also broke the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Games record.
For starters, Harjinder failed to lift 90kg jerky on her first attempt. Under pressure, the Indian bounced back and lifted 90kg on her second attempt, a personal best.
Harjinder then lifted a 93kg hold in her third attempt to fight for a podium finish.
Heading into the clean and jerk round, Harjinder was in a close battle with Australia’s Kiana Elliot for bronze.
Last year she was a silver medalist at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships, the Indian started the clean and jerk round with 113kg, went for 116kg in the next attempt and lifted 119kg on her third attempt.