Achinta Shuli holds the Commonwealth Games record of 313kg.© Twitter
India’s weightlifter Achinta Shuli on Sunday won India its third gold medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 in the men’s 73kg category. The 20-year-old lifted a total of 313kg to clinch the gold, and also set a Commonwealth Games record in the process. Shuli broke the Games record for the first time by lifting 140kg and 143kg twice in the snatch round. He then set a Games record for the overall weight by lifting 166 kg and 170 kg in the clean and jerk rounds.
Eri Hidayat Muhammad of Malaysia, who gave a tough fight to Shuli, finished as the second best lifter in the event. He put in a best effort of 303 kg (138 kg + 165 kg).
Canada’s Shad Darsigny was third with a total weight of 298 kg (135 kg + 163 kg).
The Indian lifter had to wait patiently till the end to find out which medal he would take home as the Malaysian attempted to lift 176kg in his last two attempts, but was unsuccessful.
With Sheuly’s gold, the Indian weightlifting contingent secured its sixth medal of the Games.
(with PTI inputs)
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