CWG 2022: Achinta Sheuli seals India’s third gold

By Piyush

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Weightlifter Achinta Sheuli (73kg) clinched India’s 3rd gold in the Commonwealth Games 2022.

 

Debutant Sheuli heaved 313kg (143kg+170kg) to fetch the gold at NEC Hall.

Malaysia’s Erry Hidayat Muhammad, who gave Sheuli a hard competition, finished as the 2nd best lifter in the event. He had a best endeavour of 303kg (138kg+165kg).

Canada’s Shad Darsigny was 3rd with a total lift of 298kg (135kg+163kg).

Sheuli, a junior world championship silver medallist, executed 3 clean lifts — 137kg, 140kg and 143kg — in the snatch section.

His 143kg effort assisted him thrash the Games record and ameliorate his personal best.

Heading into clean and jerk with a 5 kilogram advantage, the Kolkata lifter started with a 166kg lift, which he hoisted comfortably.

Sheuli then fumbled his 170kg attempt only to raise the weight in the third attempt and create a new Games record in total lift (313kg).

The Indian lifter had to wait calmly towards the end to find out what medal he would take home as the Malaysian attempted a 176kg lift in his last 2 attempts only to fail.

With the gold from Sheuli, the Indian weightlifting squad has gathered its 6th medal of the Games.

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