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CWG 2022: Sanket Mahadev, Gururaja Poojary Win Medals For India In Weightlifting

Sanket succesfully lifted 107kg in his first attempt in the snatch category and beterred that with 111kg and 113kg lifts in his second and third attempt respectively.

Sanket Mahadev, Gururaja Poojary Win Medals For India In Weightlifting. (Photo Credits: Twitter)
Sanket Mahadev, Gururaja Poojary Win Medals For India In Weightlifting. (Photo Credits: Twitter)

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.

India’s Sanket Mahadev Sargar in action during the Men’s 55kg Clean and Jerk weightlifting at The NEC on day two of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, Saturday July 30, 2022.AP/PTI

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.

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