Achinta Sheuli broke a Commonwealth Games record of 313 kg.© Twitter
Weightlifters were the top performers so far for India at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, and the trend continued on Day 3 when 20-year-old Achinta Sheuli broke the Games record by lifting a total of 313kg to win the gold medal. medal in the men’s 73 kg category. Sheuli broke the Games record twice in the Snatch round for the first time, lifting 140kg and 143kg. He then lifted 166kg and 170kg in the clean and jerk round to set a Games record for total weight.
Favorite to win the event, Sheuli debuted 313kg (143kg 170kg) to take the gold at NEC Hall on Sunday.
Malaysian Erry Hidayat Muhammad, who put Sheuli in a tough competition, finished as the second best hitchhiker in the event. He had a best effort of 303 kg (138 kg 165 kg).
Canadian Shad Darsigny placed third with a total lift capacity of 298 kg (135 kg 163 kg).
Sheuli, a silver medalist of the Junior World Championship, performed three clean lifts – 137 kg, 140 kg and 143 kg – in the snatch section.
His effort of 143 kg helped him break the Olympic record and improve his personal best.
On his way to a clean jerk with a five kilogram advantage, the Kolkata lifter started with a 166 kg lift, which he lifted with ease.
Sheuli then faltered in his 170kg attempt to lift the weight on the third attempt, setting a new Games record in total lift (313kg).
The Indian hitchhiker had to wait patiently towards the end to figure out which medal to take home as the Malaysian attempted a 176kg attempt in his last two attempts but failed.
With the gold of Sheuli, the Indian weightlifting contingent has taken its sixth medal of the Games. Earlier in the day, 19-year-old Jeremy Lalrinnunga won the gold medal in the men’s 67kg category.
(with PTI inputs)
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