Achinta Sheuli (73 kg) of India won India’s third gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Sunday, living up to his high expectations.
Sheuli, the event favorite, hoisted 313 kg (143 kg + 170 kg) to win the competition at the NEC Hall.
Erry Hidayat Muhammad of Malaysia was the second-best lifter in the competition and gave Sheuli severe fight. His biggest effort was 303 kg (138 kg plus 165 kg).
Shad Darsigny of Canada came in third with a total lift of 298 kg (135 kg + 164 kg).
A superb gold-winning performance by Mizoram adolescent Jeremy Lalrinnunga earlier in the day helped India capture another weightlifting gold for the nation.
The 19-year-old reigning Youth Olympic champion endured terrible muscle cramps but broke two records his way to the gold medal in the men’s 67kg category, making his debut in a multi-discipline Games at the senior level.
The silver medalist from the Tokyo Olympics, Mirabai Chanu, won India’s first gold at the CWG on Saturday.
“I’m overjoyed since I put a lot of effort into earning this award. This medal was the result of many sacrifices made by my mother, my brother, my coach, and the Army, Sheuli remarked after winning the Commonwealth Games.
“This was the first significant event in my life, and I appreciate their assistance in getting me here. This medal will benefit me in all facets of my life. From now on, there shouldn’t be any going back.
Sheuli was asked to name the person to whom he would dedicate his gold medal. He responded, “I desire to dedicate this medal to my late dad (who died of cardiac arrest), my brother, and my coach Vjay Sharma, who slaps me if I make a mistake and keeps reprimanding me like I’m his own child.
In the snatch section, Sheuli, a junior world championships silver medalist, performed three clean lifts of 137 kg, 140 kg, and 143 kg.