Indian weightlifter Gururaja won a bronze medal with a combined lift of 269kg in the men’s 61kg final at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Saturday.
“I dedicate my medal to my wife and thank all my supporters. I am delighted that Sanket won a silver medal and I got the second medal for India by winning a bronze medal. I could have done better even though 269kg is good. I had fallen ill recently but I recovered and did my best,” Gururaja told ANI.
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The weightlifter said he was proud to see the tricolor flying high as he stood on the podium.
“I can’t describe it in words. It was my dream,” he added.
Gururaja won the bronze medal as he added to India’s tally on Day 2 of the CTM with a total of 269 kg.
Malaysia’s Aznil Bin Bidin Muhamad lifted a total of 285kg over the two sets to win the gold medal and set a new Commonwealth Games record in the category.
Gururaja placed fourth after the snatch round. He lifted 115 kg on his first attempt and 118 kg on his second attempt, but was unable to lift 120 kg on his last attempt. He finished with the best lift of 118 kg.
Malaysia’s Aznil Bin Bidin Muhamad was ranked first with a lift of 127kg, followed by Morea Baru from Papua New Guinea and Canadian Youri Simard.
Malaysia’s Aznil Bin Bidin Muhamed leads the standings in the 61kg category with a Commonwealth Games record of 127kg.
Gururaja comfortably lifted the required 144kg in his first clean and jerk attempt. In his second clean and jerk attempt, Gururaja lifted 148 kg on his second attempt. His total was 266 kg (118 kg + 148 kg).
Gururaja showed fantastic lifting skills under pressure to ensure India won a medal in the 61kg weightlifting event.
In a stunning attempt, Gururaja lifted 151kg in his final clean and jerk attempt. He finishes with a total of 269kg (118kg + 151kg).
Gururaja won the silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
With this, India’s medal counts to GTC 2022 rose to two, with Sanket Sargar also winning a silver medal in weightlifting in the men’s 55kg category.