India’s shock to the world, Sudhir won the gold medal and created history
India’s Sudhir scripted history with a record-breaking gold medal in the men’s heavyweight final of the para powerlifting event at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games on Thursday. Sudhir is the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in Para Powerlifting (Commonwealth Games India) of the Commonwealth Games. He lifted 212 kg with a record score of 134.5 in his second attempt to win the gold medal. However, Sudhir failed to lift 217 kg in his last attempt.
Nigeria’s Ikechuku Christian Ubichuku took the silver with 133.6 points while Scotland’s Mickey Yule took the bronze with 130.9 points. Christian lifted 197 kg while Yule lifted 192 kg. Earlier, Manpreet Kaur and Sakina Khatoon finished fourth and fifth respectively in the women’s lightweight final, while Paramjit Kumar finished last in the men’s lightweight final after failing all three attempts.
Manpreet lifted 87kg in first attempt and 88kg in second attempt but failed to lift 90kg in third attempt. Manpreet has got 89.6 marks. On the other hand, Sakina failed to lift 90 kg in her first attempt but was successful in lifting this weight in her second attempt. His third attempt in 93kg failed. He has got 87.5 marks.
Joe Newson of England won the gold medal with a best effort of 101kg with a score of 102.2. Her compatriot Olivia Broome won the silver medal with a best effort of 111kg scoring 100 points. Kenya’s Helen Wavira Keiruki won the bronze medal with a best effort of 97kg with a score of 98.5.
In the men’s lightweight final, Paramjeet failed to lift 165kg in any of his three attempts and was eliminated. Boney Bunu Gustin of Malaysia lifted 220kg in his third attempt to win gold at the Commonwealth Games with a record score of 154.6. Mark Swann of England won the silver with a score of 145.5 while Innocent Nnamdi of Nigeria won the bronze with a score of 132.5. Swan and Nnamdi put up best performances of 202kg and 190kg respectively.
In powerlifting, weight lifting is scored according to body weight and technique. Carrying the same weight, the lighter physically player will score more points than the other.