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Commonwealth Games 2022 | President Murmu leads wishes as weightlifter Harjinder Kaur wins bronze

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Harjinder Kaur bagged bronze medal in the women’s 71 kg weightlifting category. She reached bronze position after Joy Eza failed in all attempts in the clean and jerk event.

Indian weightlifter Harjinder Kaur poses with her CWG bronze medal

Indian weightlifter Harjinder Kaur poses with her CWG bronze medal. (Courtesy: AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • President Murmu hailed Harjinder’s weightlifting journey
  • PM Modi extended best wishes to Harjinder for her future
  • India has won 3 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze at Games so far

President Droupadi Murmu called the Indian weightlifter Harjinder Kaur’s journey to win bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games an “inspiring story”.

Harjinder, who comes from a humble family background, bagged bronze medal in the women’s 71 kg weightlifting category. She reached the bronze position after gold medal favourite Joy Eza of Nigeria failed in all three attempts in the clean and jerk event.

The daughter of a farmer, Harjinder was introduced to the sport during her college days. The late bloomer picked up weightlifting for the first time in 2016. Harjinder’s father, the sole bread earner of the family, never had the means to support her career choice.

“Congratulations to Harjinder Kaur for winning the bronze medal in weightlifting at #CommonwealthGames. She has overcome many a hurdle in her life to reach the podium. It is a very inspiring story for all. May you achieve greater glory in the years to come,” the President tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi added: “Our weightlifting contingent has performed exceptionally well at the Birmingham CWG. Continuing this, Harjinder Kaur wins a Bronze medal. Congratulations to her for this special accomplishment. Best wishes to her for her future endeavours.”

Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur wrote: “Congratulations Harjinder Kaur on your maiden medal win at CWG!!! Your journey from a village in Punjab to the international podium for a bronze will motivate many youngsters to pursue their dreams! It’s heartening that NSNIS Patiala where you train, has proved to be the cradle of champions in this CWG as well. Your Khelo India University Games silver was perhaps the first stepping stone towards larger wins. I wish you many more successes in future!”

India has won three gold, three silver and three bronze medals so far in the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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