Indian Weightlifters at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
Remember Sydney 2000? Does the name Karnam Malleswari ring a bell? If it doesn’t, let us jog your memory a little. On 19 September 2000, she lifted her way to a Bronze and in the process, became India’s first ever female to win a medal at the Olympics. She was the sole Indian medalist in that edition of the Olympics. To date, she remains the only Indian to win a medal in weightlifting at the Olympics.
Our weightlifters are making us proud at the ongoing Commonwealth Games down under, just like Karnam Malleswari did all those years back. By the end of proceedings today, India had won 5 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals in the discipline. And we have already improved our gold tally in weightlifting compared to the last three editions of the Commonwealth Games. The list of medalists in this category till now:
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, Gold, Women’s 48 kg
Hailing from the North-eastern state of Manipur, this is the third major international medal that Mirabai Chanu has won for India after winning gold at the 2017 US World Championships and silver at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. She had a disappointing show in Rio but she has clearly put it behind her and is India’s biggest hope for a weightlifting medal at Tokyo 2020.
Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu, Gold, Women’s 53 kg
Another girl from Manipur who made India proud again. This was her second gold at the Commonwealth Games after Glasgow.
Sathish Kumar Sivalingam, Gold, Men’s 77 kg
Sathish is from Tamil Nadu and just like Sanjita, made India proud again by defending his Glasgow gold.
Ragala Venkat Rahul, Gold, Men’s 85 kg
All of 21 years of age and from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Ragala won his third major international medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games. He has previously won the gold at 2013 Nanjing Asian Youth Games and silver at 2014 Nanjing Summer Youth Olympics which also happens to be India’s first ever medal in weightlifting at the Youth Olympics. With a long career ahead of him, he is expected to bring a lot more glory to the nation.
Punam Yadav, Gold, Women’s 69 kg
Coming from the holy city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, there was nothing holy about the way she left her opponents in her wake on her way to gold in Gold Coast. She has improved considerably from 4 years ago when she only won a bronze in Glasgow. Only 22, she is expected to win many more international medals for India.
Gururaja Poojary, Silver, Men’s 56 kg
Gururaja is from Karnataka and this was his first major international medal for the country.
Deepak Lather, Bronze, Men’s 69 kg
The youngest medalist for India in these edition of the Commonwealth Games, only 18 years of age, Deepak is from the Indian state of Haryana and looks set to take Indian weightlifting to new heights. This was his first major international medal but with his senior international career just starting, there are no limits to what this young man can achieve.
Vikas Thakur, Bronze, Men’s 94 kg
From the land of the five rivers, Punjab, Vikas has also won his second major international medal in Gold Coast. Previously, he bagged the silver at Glasgow.
Bridges of Sports extends heartiest congratulations to all the medalists and extends best wishes to them for the upcoming Asian Games at Jakarta and for Tokyo 2020. May the force always be with them, pushing them to continue to bring more glory to the nation.
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