Indian Athletics acclaim Gold, Silver, Bronze at CWG 2022
The Commonwealth Games 2022 are ongoing in Birmingham, with several Indian athletes taking the center stage. It is India’s 18th appearance at the Commonwealth Games. In the past three days, Indian players have already made their marks while others are en route to glory. As of now, India won six medals, including three gold, two silver, and one bronze.
Sanket Mahadev Sargar - SILVER (Weightlifting, Men’s 55kg class)
Sanket Mahadev Sargar lightened the way of glory with the first medal for India at CWG 2022. A heroic show from the young athlete ended up hurting his elbow. Though, he didn’t hesitate in going for one last attempt at the yellow metal despite blinding pain. His undaunted spirit took home silver, and the loudest cheer was reserved for him when he climbed up the podium with the crowd acknowledging his gutsy performance. The 21-year-old lifted a total of 241kg to win the silver medal. He opened the country’s medal count at the event.
Gururaja Poojary - BRONZE (Weightlifting, Men’s 61kg class)
After the silver of Saket Sargar, Gururaja Poojary nailed for bronze in the 61kg event, at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, on July 30, 2022. Gururaja prevailed in India’s second bronze medal at the CWG 2022. He raised 269kg to edge past his closest opponent in what appeared to be a thrilling battle for the third place. The Indian lifted 118kg in snatch and 151kg in clean and jerk.
Bidyarani Devi - SILVER (Weightlifting, Women’s 55kg class)
The medal rush took a step forward as Bindyarani Devi clinched silver. Bidyarani is the latest weightlifting star from Manipur, who now has a CWG silver medal to her name. She raised a total of 202kg to proclaim the second spot. In the snatch, she lifted 86kg and then built a novel CWG record with a lift of 116kg in the clean and jerk round, which is also her most promising.
Mirabai Chanu - GOLD (Weightlifting, Women’s 49kg class)
Mirabai, the superstar, achieved the billing as she gave India its first gold of CWG 2022. The Olympic silver medallist state a new event record by lifting a total of 201kg - miles ahead of the second-placed contestant, who lifted 172kg. The Indian lifted 88kg in snatch and 113kg in clean and jerk to seal the gold. She made her iconic presence at CWG 2022.
Jeremy Lalrinnunga - GOLD (Weightlifting, Men’s 67kg)
Jeremy Lalrinnunga clinched the second gold medal for India at the CWG 2022. Jeremy showed immense courage during the men’s 67kg final event. After raising the bar and leading the standings in the snatch round, he hurt his back following the first clean and jerk round attempt. However, Jeremy gathered himself and pushed for 160kg and made the lift to get to a total of 300 kilograms and thereby setting a new CWG record that earned him the gold.
He said it was a dream come true, and he thanked Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Mirabai Chanu for his inspiration and for playing a big part in his success.
The President and the Prime Minister congratulated him on winning gold medal at Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. In a tweet President Droupadi Mumru said, "Congratulations, Jeremy Lalrinnunga for winning gold in Weightlifting at #CommonwealthGames. Your self-belief despite injury during the event enabled you to create history & inspire millions. Your podium finish has filled Indians with pride. Wishing you more such moments of glory."
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, tweeted, "Our weightlifters continue to make India proud with their stupendous performances. Heartiest congratulations to @raltejeremy for bagging a gold medal in Men's 67kg weightlifting competition at @birminghamcg22. My best wishes for his future endeavours."
Congratulating Lalrinnunga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "Our Yuva Shakti is creating history! Congratulations to @raltejeremy, who has won a Gold in his very first CWG and has set a phenomenal CWG record as well. At a young age he's brought immense pride and glory. Best wishes to him for his future endeavours."
Achinta Sheuli - GOLD (Weightlifting, Men’s 73kg)
Weightlifters have been the star performers for India at the 2022 Commonwealth Games so far, and the trend persisted on the 3rd day as 20-year-old Achinta Sheuli smashed the Games record by winning the country’s the third gold of the year.
West Bengal boy Achinta Sheuli bags gold in the Men’s 73kg event and with the commonwealth games record as well. He lifted 170kg on his third attempt in clean and jerk to add to his 143kg in snatch for a combined total pf 313kg.
Congratulating Sheuli, President Droupadi Murmu tweeted, "Achinta Sheuli has made India proud by winning gold and making the tricolor fly high at the Commonwealth Games. You immediately overcame the failure in one attempt and topped the lineup. You are the champion who has created a history. Heartiest congratulations."
Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu said, "Elated by the spectacular performance of Achinta Sheuli at #CWG2022. Heartiest congratulations on clinching a gold medal in the Men's 73 Kg weightlifting competition. The nation is proud of his accomplishment. My best wishes for many more laurels in the future."
In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Delighted that the talented Achinta Sheuli has won a Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games. He is known for his calm nature and tenacity. He has worked very hard for this special achievement. My best wishes to him for his future endeavours."
"Before our contingent left for the Commonwealth Games, I had interacted with Achinta Sheuli. We had discussed the support he received from his mother and brother. I also hope he gets time to watch a film now that a medal has been won," Prime Minister Modi added.
Looking forward for the historical moment at CWG 2022-
In the history of the Commonwealth Games, India secures the first-ever medal in Lawn Bowls in Women's Fours category. The Indian team beat New Zealand by a score of 16-13 in the semi-finals to confirm at least a silver medal and reach the final where they will face South Africa. The final will take place tomorrow.
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