Gururaja Opens Medal Account For India, Wins Silver In Commonwealth Games 56kg Weightlifting
It’s been a good opening day for India at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, is Gururaja claimed silver in the Men’s 56kg weightlifting event.
He lifted his best weight of 111kg in the snatch. Subsequently, the 28-year-old added 138kg in his third attempt in the clean and jerk to end with a total lift of 249kg – achieving his personal best.
Malaysia’s Muhammad Izhar Ahmad won gold with a total lift of 261kg – A Commonwealth Games record – while bronze went to Sri Lanka’s Chaturanga Lakmal (248kg).
In 2017, Gururaja had claimed a Commonwealth Championships bronze in Australia.
Gururaja, who began weightlifting in 2010, had won gold in the Commonwealth senior weightlifting championship, lifting a personal best of 249kg (108+141) in Penang in 2016. Earlier that year, the 28-year-old won gold at the South Asian Games.
Son of a pick-up-truck driver, Gururaja hails from Kundapura in coastal Karnataka and started out as a wrestler before switching to Powerlifting and then weightlifting.
Originally Published In The Times Of India
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