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Asian Games 2018: Mirabai Chanu to lead Indian challenge in Weightlifting

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969   //    29 Jun 2018, 18:51 IST

Mirabai Chanu won a gold medal for India at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Weightlifting Women's 48kg category
Mirabai Chanu won a gold medal for India at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Weightlifting Women's 48kg category

New Delhi, Jun 29 (PTI) World Champion Saikhom Mirabai Chanu will spearhead the Indian weightlifting challenge in the upcoming Asian Games as the national federation named a five-member team today.

Mirabai, who won gold in the world championships last year and Commonwealth Games in April, will compete in women's 48kg while Rakhi Halder has been named as the second women and will take part in 63kg.

The three men are CWG gold medallist Sathish Sivalingam and Ajay Singh (both 77kg) and CWG bronze medalist Vikas Thakur (94kg).

In 2014 Asian Games, India had sent six weightlifters and returned without a medal. Mirabai had finished ninth in her category. This time though she is the favourite to win gold.

Squad:

Women: 48 kg Saikhom Mirabai Chanu; 63 kg Rakhi Halder

Men: 77 kg Sathish Kumar Sivalingam; Ajay Singh

Men 94 kg: Vikas Thakur

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