Commonwealth Games 2022: Achinta Sheuli won the gold medal in the 73kg men’s weightlifting finals on Sunday, July 31.
Achinta Sheuli after winning gold. Courtesy: AP
- Achinta Sheuli won the gold medal in the 73kg men’s finals
- Achinta Sheuli lifted a total of 313 kgs to come out on top
- Sheuli praised coach Vijay Sharma for pushing him to perform better
Weightlifter Achinta Sheuli dedicated his gold medal in the 73kg men’s finals to his brother and lauded him for supporting him through thick and thin. The 20-year-old lifted a total of 313 kgs to get his hands on the gold medal. The Young Turk broke the Games record as many as two times by lifting 140 kgs and 143 kgs respectively.
Thereafter, Sheuli went on to lift 166kg and 170kg in the clean and jerk round. The youngster admitted that he was under a bit of pressure after Sanket Sargar won the silver medal in the 55kg men’s weightlifting finals on Saturday, July 30. He also praised coach Vijay Sharma for pushing him to perform better.
“It was not easy, but somehow I made it easy as I was not able to make a proper lift on my second attempt. There was tough fight after that. Vijay Sir was telling me to do better, I tried my best,” Sheuli was quoted as saying.
Sheuli talked about the struggles he went through when he and his mother used to work as tailors day in and day out.
“My mother has left tailoring now, earlier she used to do it from morning to night. I also used to do it. I want to dedicate this medal to my brother as he always supports me. There was pressure as Sanket Sargar had won a medal,” he added.
Malaysia’s Erry Hidayat Muhammad finished second after lifting 303kg. Shad Darsigny ended in third position after lifting 298 kgs.
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