CWG 2018, Gold Coast: PM Narendra Modi congratulates Chanu, Gururaja for winning medals

Through a series of tweets, PM Modi congratulated weightlifters Chanu and Gururaja for winning medals for the country.

CWG 2018, Gold Coast: PM Narendra Modi congratulates Chanu, Gururaja for winning medals

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated weightlifters Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and P Gururaja for winning India's first medals in the Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast.

Hailing the weightlifters, the Prime Minister said that India is delighted by their achievements.

"Congratulations to Saikhom Mirabai Chanu for winning India's first gold at the #GC2018 games and breaking three CWG records. India is delighted by these achievements," he tweeted.

In another tweet, he congratulated Gururaja for bagging India's first medal, a silver, in the Games.

PM Modi's reactions came shortly after record-smashing Mirabai Chanu and P Gururaja claimed gold and silver respectively as weightlifters lived up to to the pre-event hype and delivered opening day medals for India in the 21st Commonwealth Games here today.

Chanu smashed the Games records in 48kg category snatch, clean and jerk and overall en route her gold-medal winning performance, which fetched her a thunderous applause from Australian fans, who queued up to take her autograph after the medal ceremony.

Chanu managed to 196kg (86kg+110kg) in a remarkable effort.

"I was not expecting to break records but I certainly wanted to break them when I came here. I can't put into words, how it feels right now," an exhausted but jubilant Chanu told PTI.

Earlier, Gururaja survived a few anxious moments after two failed attempts in clean and jerk to claim a silver medal. The 25-year-old son of a truck driver equalled his personal best of 249kg (111kg+138kg) to finish second in the event and ensure that India woke up to the news of a medal on the very first day of competitions.

"After I failed the first two attempts, my coach reminded me how much my life depends on this. I remembered my family and my country," he said when asked what went through his mind in those nervy moments.

It was a reasonably good day for India as the much-hyped shuttlers also made a winning start to their campaign, defeating Sri Lanka 5-0 in the mixed team event opener.

Saina Nehwal, who was making headlines for her ferocity in getting Games Village accreditation for her father, brought quite a lot of it on the court and dispatched her rival Madushika Beruelage in a mere 22 minutes during the clash.

On the squash court, Harinder Pal Sandhu and Vikram Malhotra won their respective opening matches in the men's singles event.

The table tennis players also got past their initial hurdles rather easily with the women's team event defeating Sri Lanka 3-0. The men's team also blanked Trinidad and Tobago 3-0.

But there were disappointments and mixed fortunes too as the women's hockey team lost 2-3 to Wales in its lung-opener.

In the swimming pool, Virdhawal Khade qualified for the semifinals of the men's 50m butterfly event but Sajan Prakash failed to make it.

The Indians were not much of a force on the cycling track either, finishing sixth in the women's team sprint, which ruled them out of medal contention. The men's team did even worse, finishing seventh in their event. 

(With PTI inputs)