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Gururaja claims silver in the Men’s 56kg weightlifting

NEW DELHI: India’s Gururaja claimed silver in the men’s 56kg weightlifting event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, thus handing India its first medal at the quadrennial event on the opening day.

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After lifting his best weight of 111kg in the snatch, the 28-year-old added 138kg in his third attempt in the clean and jerk to end with a total lift of 249kg – achieving his personal best.

Malaysia’s Muhammad Izhar Ahmad won gold with a total lift of 261kg – a Commonwealth Games record – while bronze went to Sri Lanka’s Chaturanga Lakmal (248kg).
In 2017, Gururaja had claimed a Commonwealth Championships bronze in Australia.
An employee of the Indian Air Force, Gururaja, who began weightlifting in 2010, had won gold in the Commonwealth senior weightlifting championship, lifting a personal best of 249kg (108+141) in Penang in 2016. Earlier that year, he won gold at the South Asian Games.
The son of a pick-up-truck driver, Gururaja hails from Kundapura in coastal Karnataka and started out as a wrestler before switching to powerlifting and then weightlifting. Source : timesofindia

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