Indian Women Book One Olympic Berth in Weightlifting

New Delhi, May 1:
With one silver and two bronze to their kitty in the ongoing Asian Weightlifting Championship in Kanazawa in Japan, Indian women have booked one berth for Beijing Olympics.

Laishram Monika Devi has fetched the three medals for India in the women's 69 kg event in the final Olympic qualifying event which concludes on Thursday.

Team's assistant manager Parminder Singh told PTI from Kanazawa that India had secured one Olympic berth in the women's section.

"By virtue of one silver and two bronze, our women have booked one quota place for Olympics. We will have a clearer picture whether we can get more berths after the competition is over, but one quota place is secured," he said.

India had sent 11 lifters in the competition - seven women and four men - and all of them have completed their engagements.

Today, Shailaja Pujari finished fifth overall in the women's 75 kg category with a total lift of 218 kg (95 in snatch and 123 in clean and jerk) while compatriot Kavita Devi withdrew from the competition in the same category.

In the women's +75 kg category, Geeta Rani finished overall sixth with a lift of 224 kg (99+125) while compatriot K Tulsi ended at the bottom of the list in the 11-lifter field with a total lift of 177 (80+97).

India had sent four lifters - all women - in the 2004 Athens Olympics.


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