Favorite to win the event, Sheuli debuted 313kg (143kg + 170kg) to take the gold at NEC Hall on Sunday.
Malaysia Erry Hidayat Muhammad, which put Sheuli in a tough competition, finished second best lifter in the event. He had a best effort of 303 kg (138 kg + 165 kg).
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Canada’s Shad Darsigny came 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.
Heading for clean and jerk with a five kilogram advantage, the Kolkata lifter started off with a 166 kg lift, which he could lift with ease.
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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.