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Commonwealth Games 2022: Opponents are not even close to us, says Achinta Sheuli after clinching Gold

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India won their third Gold medal in the Commonwealth Games on Sunday, 31 July after 20-year-old Achinta Sheuli lifted a record total weight of 313 kgs in the 73kg category.

Achinta poses after his medal win. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Achinta revealed that he blacked out during the clean and jerk event
  • Achinta comes from a humble background
  • Achinta dedicated his medal to his brother

20-year-old Achinta Sheuli won India’s third Gold medal in the Commonwealth Games 2022 on Sunday, 31 July after lifting a record weight in the men’s 73kg category.

Achinta, who hails from a modest background was leagues clear of his competition on the day as he lifted 313kgs, 10 kilos clear of the silver medallist from Malaysia.

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Speaking to IndiaToday after the event, the athlete said that he was competing only with himself.

“The idea was to give my best performance. My only fight was with the Malaysian athlete and I wanted to give my best shot to improve my own records,” he told exclusively to India Today in an interview.

Revealing that he got blacked out in his second attempt at the clean and jerk category, he said that he did not have much clue about anything momentarily.

“I got a little blacked out in the second clean and jerk attempt but I managed it in the third attempt,” he revealed.

Asked if he wants to change up his weight class before the Olympics, Achinta said that he would like to qualify in the 73kg category.

The Indian weightlifting contingent has done exceptionally well and Achinta credited the coach for the same.

“Vijay sir (coach) is very hard working. The days that I am bad in training, he helps me improve a lot, every single one in India is improving because of him. The opponents are not even close to us in the Commonwealth Games,” he concluded.

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