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Mirabai bags gold, 13 medals for India 

Apia (Samoa), July 9

Former world champion Mirabai Chanu bagged a gold medal on the opening day of the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships here today. The Indians won a total of 13 medals, which included eight gold, three silver and two bronze medals in senior, junior and youth categories.  

In the senior women’s 49 kg event, Mirabai lifted a total of 191kg (84kg + 107 kg) in the Olympics qualifying event. Jhilli Dalabehra also clinched the first place on the podium with a lift of 154kg (70kg + 94kg) in the senior women’s 45kg event. Soroikhaibam Bindyarani Devi and Matsa Santoshi won the gold and silver medals respectively in the senior women’s 55kg event.

Swati under dope radar

Indian weightlifter Swati Singh has returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for morphine, IWF said  but the world body is yet to clarify whether she has committed a doping violation. The International Weightlifting Federation did not specify the competition in which Swati, who is a 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist in the women’s 53kg category, returned the AAF. Morphine falls in the narcotics sub-category of drugs under specified stimulants which are prohibited in competition, as per the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. However, Swati does not face any ban until it is proved she committed an anti-doping rule violation. Swati had finished third in the Nationals  in February and seventh at the Asian Championships in April.

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