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Lifter Sanket Sargar gives India its first medal in Birmingham Commonwealth Games

The 21-year-old looked on course to win the gold but two failed clean and jerk attempts spoiled his chances as he lifted a total of 248kg (113kg+135kg) to finish second.

July 30, 2022 / 04:55 PM IST
Commonwealth Games - Men's 55kg Weightlifting - Final - The NEC Hall 1, Birmingham, Britain - July 30, 2022
India's Sanket Mahadev Sargar in action REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff

Commonwealth Games - Men's 55kg Weightlifting - Final - The NEC Hall 1, Birmingham, Britain - July 30, 2022 India's Sanket Mahadev Sargar in action REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff


India’s Sanket Sargar opened the country’s medal tally at the Commonwealth Games by claiming a silver medal in the men’s 55kg category on Saturday.

The 21-year-old looked on course to win the gold but two failed clean and jerk attempts spoiled his chances as he lifted a total of 248kg (113kg+135kg) to finish second.


Malaysia’s Mohamad Aniq (249kg) smashed the Games record in clean and jerk as he lifted 249kg (107kg+142kg) to win the gold, while Sri Lanka’s Dilanka Isuru Kumara 225kg (105kg+120kg) took home the bronze.

Sargar cruised past all his opponents in the snatch section, leading by six kilograms to head into clean and jerk.

But the Indian was only able to execute one lift in the clean and jerk section as he seemingly picked up an injury and looked in agony after he failed to lift 139kg in his second and third attempts.

In the last edition, Indian lifters brought home a rich haul of nine medals including five golds. This year too they are expected to reign supreme.

Later in the day, P Gururaja (61kg), Olympic silver medallist Mirabai Chanu (49kg) and S Bindyarani Devi (55kg) will vie for the top honors in their respective events.

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