Commonwealth Games 2022: Sudhir creates history by winning India’s first gold in Para Powerlifting
Para powerlifter Sudhir has created history in Commonwealth Games. He became the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal for India in Para Powerlifting (weightlifting for disabled athletes). Earlier in 2014, powerlifter Sakina Khato had won a bronze medal. Sudhir won the gold medal in the men’s heavy weight category by lifting 212 kg.
Sudhir, who weighs 87.30 kg, lifted 208 kg in his first attempt with a rack height of 14. He lifted 212 kg in his second attempt. Sudhir also created a new sports record by lifting 212 kg. In his last attempt, Sudhir failed to lift 217 kg. However, Sudhir topped with 134.5 points and won the gold medal.
India’s sixth gold
This is India’s sixth Birmingham Commonwealth Games medal. Earlier Mirabai Chanu, Jeremy Lalrinnunga and Achinta Shevli have won gold medals in weightlifting. While the women’s lone ball team and the men’s tennis team have also received gold medals.
This is becoming India’s 20th medal overall. This includes 6 gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze medals. India is seventh in the medal race.
Know who got silver and bronze
Sudhir, 27, started the medal tally with a gold medal in para sports for India at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. In the men’s heavy weight category, Nigeria’s Ikechuku Kristian Obichuku won the silver medal with 133.6 points while Scotland’s Mickey Yule won the bronze with 130.0 points.
Sudhir had earlier won a bronze medal in the men’s 88kg category with a best lift of 214kg at the World Para Powerlifting Asia-Oceania Open Championships in South Korea in June. Apart from this, Sudhir has also qualified for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Para Games.
Learn to Earn Points in Powerlifting
Athletes in powerlifting are given 3 attempts. Points are awarded on the basis of body weight and lifting technique. A player with less body weight gets more points than others for lifting the same weight. Sudhir became a victim of polio at the age of 5. Then in 2013 he started powerlifting to keep himself healthy.