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Manipur emerge champs

Guwahati, Dec. 25: Manipur emerged overall champions in both the boys’ and girls’ categories of the ninth National Youth Weightlifting Championship at Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phookan indoor stadium here yesterday.

Punjab managed the runners-up trophy in the boys’ category while Andhra Pradesh finished runners-up in the girls’ segment. R.V. Rahul of Andhra Pradesh clinched the Best Lifter title in the boys’ category while Mohini Chavan of Maharashtra was the best girl lifter. Md Javed of Uttar Pradesh scripted three national records on the final day in the above- 94kg boys’ weight category. Javed broke Punjab’s Gurdeep Singh’s previous record of lifting 278kg with an overall lift of 280kg. He also broke Singh’s snatch record of 123kg by lifting 124kg, and lifted 156kg to better the latter’s 155kg.