CWG 2022: Para-Powerlifter Sudhir Wins Historic Gold For India In Men's Heavyweight Final

CWG 2022: He defeated Nigeria's Ikechukwu Obichukwu (133.6 points) by 0.9 points as his final score read a Games record 134.5 points for the gold.

By Talibuddin Khan
Fri, 05 Aug 2022 07:03 AM IST
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CWG 2022: Para-Powerlifter Sudhir Wins Historic Gold For India In Men's Heavyweight Final
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Para-powerlifter Sudhir clinched the gold medal in the Men's Heavyweight final at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 with the best weight of 212kg on Thursday. Sudhir won India's first gold in Para-Powerlifting at Commonwealth Games. He defeated Nigeria's Ikechukwu Obichukwu (133.6 points) by 0.9 points as his final score read a Games record 134.5 points for the gold.

Sudhir started his event with a successful attempt of a 208kg lift without breaking a sweat, scoring 132.0 points. In his second attempt, he improved his last attempt and lifted 212kg successfully, scoring 134.5 points. In the third and last attempt, he failed to lift 217kg but clinched the gold medal with 134.5 points.

Earlier in the day, Indian Para-Powerlifters failed to win a medal. Manpreet Kaur started with a successful lift of 87kg, scoring 88.6 points in her first attempt. In the second attempt, she lifted 88kg, scoring 89.6 points. In the last attempt, she failed to lift 90kg.

Para-Powerlifter Sakina Khatun failed to lift 90kg in her first attempt. Khatun successfully lifted 90kg in her second attempt, scoring 87.5 points. The pair finished just outside the podium places with totals of 89.6 Kg and 87.5 Kg. India's Manpreet Kaur and Sakina Khatun finish 4th and 5th respectively.

In the men's category, Parmjeet Kumar started his event with a failed attempt of a 165kg lift. The Indian lifter was again unsuccessful to lift 165kg. Even in his last attempt, he failed to lift, thus ending the event at the bottom of the table.

Earlier in the day, India's Murali Sreeshankar clinched the silver medal in the Men's Long Jump final. He won the historic silver with a distance of 8.08m in the Men's Long Jump, becoming the first Indian male athlete to win a Commonwealth Games medal in the long jump. Laquan Nairn (8.08m) of Bahamas clinched the gold while Jovan van Vuuren (8.06) of South Africa claimed the bronze medal at Birmingham 2022.

With these two medals on Thursday (day 7 of CWG 2022), India's medal tally has climbed up to 20 with 6 gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze medals. The country has also been assured of seven more medals at the CWG with seven of its boxers securing their places in the semi-final bouts of their respective categories.


(With Agency Inputs)

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