Retired Indian prominent weightlifter Karnam Malleswari believes that India's 225-member contingent will showcase their best-ever show at the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
In the previous three editions, the Indian players have bagged a total of 215 medals - 50 in 2006, 101 in 2010 and 64 in 2014, but in this edition the former weightlifter thinks that this time India can bring its best medal tally at the Quadrennial Games.
The 42-year-old Malleswari was the first Indian woman to win a medal in Olympics, as she lifted 110 kg in the "snatch" and 130 kg in the "clean and jerk" for a total of 240 kg to secure a bronze medal in 2000, Sydney Olympics.
“Personally I feel in the 2018 Commonwealth Games India will win plenty of medals. The women’s hockey team, wrestlers, weightlifters, shooters and the badminton players are India’s best bet. I recently met Rani Rampal, India’s women hockey team captain, at an awards function and she exuded great confidence in her team. Women wrestler Pooja Dhanda is the other athlete who impressed me most with her recent performances at the Wrestling League. She beat World and Olympic Champion Helen Maroulis,” Malleswari said.
She added, “Among the weightlifters I expect gold from World Champion Mirabai Channu, Sanjita Chanu and Pradip Singh in the men’s 105 kg category. At the Commonwealth Championships Pradeep beat an 18 years old record set by Daljit Singh.”
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