CHANDIGARH: Working on a straw-cutting machine used to chop straw for livestock fodder has helped Harjinder Kaur in developing strong arms, said the Commonwealth Games bronze medalist weightlifter.
Harjinder won bronze in the women’s 71kg after a dramatic climax in birmingham In Monday.
Luck was on Harjinder’s side as she was guaranteed a podium finish after Nigerian gold medal favorite Joy Eze was eliminated after three failed attempts in the clean and jerk category.
“I used to work with my dad at home and on the pitch and that’s why my arms stayed strong,” she told PTI on Tuesday by phone from Birmingham.
Kaur’s older brother Pritpal Singh said that she used to help her farmer father in the farm fields and it also made her strong.
Hailing from Mehsa village in Nabha region of Patiala, Kaur said she is fully confident of winning a CWG medal.
“It never occurred to me that I wouldn’t win the medal,” Harjinder said. Weightlifting was not her first choice as she started kabaddi first.
She only started weightlifting in 2016 and was drawn to the sport while studying at Patiala. Punjab University.
“At the beginning, I didn’t know much about weightlifting. I never heard of weightlifting either in the village or in the city. But when I went to Punjab University, the trainer Paramjit Sharma motivated me to do weightlifting,” Harjinder said.
Harjinder is the youngest of three siblings and graduated from Modi College in Patiala.