Indian Sanket Sargar wins silver in weightlifting 55kg category
Sanket Mahadev Sargar opened India’s kitty at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham by winning the silver medal in the men’s weightlifting 55kg. It was a complete show from the Indian who clearly led the snatch event with a lift of 113kg. He then had a great performance in the clean and jerk where he lifted 135kg on his first attempt and then failed on both of his attempts to lift 139kg. He finished with a total lift of 248 kg. Sargar also got injured on one of his last attempts.
Malaysia’s Mohamad Aniq won the gold medal with a clean and jerk lift of 142kg that propelled the Indian to second place.
Malaysia’s Mohamad Aniq (249 kg) broke the Games record in the clean and jerk lifting 249 kg (107 kg + 142 kg) to win the gold medal, while Sri Lanka’s Dilanka Isuru Kumara lifted 225 kg ( 105 kg + 120 kg) to win bronze.
It is a first major medal in a multi-sport event for the 21-year-old from Sangli, Maharashtra.
Sargar outshot all his opponents in the snatch section, leading by six kilograms to head into the clean and jerk.
But the Indian was only able to perform one lift in the clean and jerk section as he apparently injured himself and looked dying after failing to lift 139kg on his second and third attempts.
Sanket Sagar hails from Sangli in Maharashtra. The 22-year-old is the defending national champion in his 55kg weight class. Earlier in February this year, he qualified for the Commonwealth Games with his performance at the Singapore International Weightlifting event.
At this event, he not only qualified for the multi-sport event, but also broke the Commonwealth and National level championship record with a combined lift of 256 kg, which was 113 kg in the Snatch class and 143 in the the Clean and category. Jerk category. This performance earned him a gold medal at the event.
At the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in December 2021 in Tashkent, he won a gold medal with a lift of 113 kg, which also helped him create a new national record in the Snatch category.
During the last edition, Indian weightlifters won nine medals including five gold. This year too, they are expected to reign supreme.
Later in the day, P Gururaja (61kg), Olympic silver medalist Mirabai Chanu (49kg) and S Bindyarani Devi (55kg) will compete for top honors in their respective events.
(With PTI inputs)
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