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Commonwealth Games 2022: Daughter of a farmer, Harjinder Kaur brings home bronze medal in her first CWG outing

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India’s Harjinder Kaur lifted 212 kgs in the women’s 71kg category in the weightlifting discipline to grab a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games 2022. Harjinder, who hails from Punjab, had divine intervention on her side after gold medal favourite Nigeria’s Joy Eze failed to lift even a single attempt in the clean and jerk category of the competition.

Speaking after her bronze finish, Harjinder, who hails from a modest background in Punjab, said that her parents’ prayers had been answered and agreed that fate was on her side on Monday (August 1).

Introduced to the sport during her college, Harjinder picked up weightlifting for the first time in 2016. Hailing from a modest background, Harjinder did not have any support from her family for her sports.

Harjinder’s father, the sole earner in her family, is a farmer and the family never had the means to support her career. However, what they lacked in finance, they made up more than required in moral support. Harjinder said after her event that her family – father, mother and brother have always backed her in the pursuit of weightlifting.

At this time, she was helped by one of her initial coaches who took care of all the required needs for her training and helped her out in all the ways possible.

Speaking about the time, a teary-eyed Harjinder said, “When I started off in 2016, I did not get any financial support from my family, but I have been morally supported by my family. My coach, Paramjeet Sharma, helped me out a lot in those days and he had the faith that I would be bringing a medal today, and his faith, I think, won me my medal.”

After showing promise, she was inducted into the national camp in 2021 at Patiala and within a year she managed to finish with bronze in the Commonwealth Games 2022. By her own admission, she has lifted more weight in her training and one can only hope that the late bloomer can manage more feats in the coming years after her tremendous start on the international stage.

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