New Delhi: Sanket Mahadev Sargar and Gururaj Poojary won silver and bronze in the men’s 55 kg and 61 kg weightlifting event on Day 2 of the Games on Saturday, earning India its first medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.
Shortly after fellow weightlifter, Sanket Mahadev Sargar opened India’s medal account at the CWG 2022 clinching a silver, Poojary added to India’s stunning show at CWG weightlifting events increasing its medal tally to 127.
Sanket experienced a bit of heartbreak because he was headed for the gold medal, but an unfortunate injury he sustained during his second attempt at the clean and jerk round set him back.
To everyone’s surprise, the 21-year-old Indian came back for his final clean-and-jerk attempt, attempting a 138kg lift, but his right elbow was in no condition to allow him to carry the load.
Meanwhile, Gururaja Poojary made it two out of two for India in weightlifting as he won a bronze medal in the men’s 61kg final at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 on Saturday. Poojary successfully pulled off a combined lift of 269kg, (118kg in snatch and 151kg in clean and jerk) to ensure India’s second medal of the Games.