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Commonwealth Games 2018: Weightlifter Gururaja's silver hands India its first medal

Weightlifter Gururaja opened India's account at the ongoing 2018 Commonwealth Games with a silver in Men's 56kg category.

Written by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: April 05, 2018 10:37 IST ]
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India's Gururaja on Thursday claimed silver in Men's 56kg weightlifting event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. With a total lift of 249kg, the 25-year-old gets country's first medal at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. 

After lifting his best weight of 111kg in the snatch, Gururaja added 138kg in his third attempt in the clean and jerk to end with a total lift of 249kg. This feat is also his personal best. The weightlifter, who is a son of a truck driver, had also won a Commonwealth Championships bronze in Australia in 2017.

Gururaja, who began weightlifting in 2010, finish second as the gold went to Malaysia's Izahar Ahmad for lifting a total weight of 261 kg while Sri Lanka’s Chaturanga Lakmal claimed bronze. 

Izhar, who had emerged champion at the Commonwealth Championships last year, bettered the previous Games record by one kilogram.

He also set a new Games record in the snatch with a successful lift of 117 kg in his second attempt. He bettered the previous record of 116 kg set by his compatriot Ibrahim at the New Delhi Games in 2010.

He cleared 144 kg in the clean and jerk which his personal best.

Chaturanga Lakmal of Sri Lanka claimed bronze with a total of 248 kg. He managed 114 kg in the snatch and 134 kg in clean and jerk.

Manueli Tulo of Fiji showed a lo of heart and loads of fighting spirit to take the fourth position with a total of 239 kilograms.

The Fijian kept the top three lifters on their toes for much of the event and was in contention for the bronze before falling considerably off the pace with two failed attempts in the clean and jerk.

Gururaja started on a promising note, taking the lead with his very first attempt in the snatch with a successful attempt of 107 kilograms.

Tulo produced a lift of 108 kg in his second attempt. But his attempt was ruled out by the jury due to a technical fault.

Lakmal claimed the top spot immediately after with a successful lift of 110 kg in his first attempt.

Gururaja then failed in his second attempt of 111 kg. But he managed to lift that weight in his third and final attempt to take the lead for the time being.

Izhar however, blew away the competition, starting his campaign with a successful lift of 114 kilograms.

He then broke the existing Games record by clearing 117 kg in his second attempt. 

But his attempt to better the Games record further came to nought when he failed to clear 119 kg in his third and final attempt.

Lakmal set the early pace in the clean and jerk stage with an attempt of 131 kg in first attempt. 

He failed at 134 kg in his second attempt before clearing the same weight in his third.

Tulo however, overtook the lead with 135 kg in his first attempt, much to the delight of the sizeable crowd present at the arena.

His chances of finishing on the podium took a beating however, as he failed to lift 140 kg in his second attempt.

Desperate to make up on lost ground, he decided on a brave but ultimately futile attempt to match the existing Games record of 145 kg, which saw him crash out of contention for medal.

Izhar was however, in a different league altogether. He cleared 134 kg in his first attempt before sealing the gold with 138 kg in his second. 

He then celebrated with a personal best of 144 kg in his third attempt.

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