CWG 2022: Gurdeep Singh continued India’s impressive campaign in the weightlifting events at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham with a bronze medal in the men’s 109+ kg category.
The 26-year-old Gurdeep lifted a total of 390 kg including 167 in snatch and 223 kg in clean and jerk. This was the last event of weightlifting in the Games this year. This is the first medal for India in the heavyweight category of the Commonwealth Games.
Gurdeep did not start well. He lifted 167 kg in the second attempt but could not lift 173 kg in the third attempt. In clean and jerk, he started with 207 kg but failed in his second attempt of 215 kg. He lifted 223 kg in his third attempt.
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After winning the medal, the seven-time national champion said, “I had a wrist injury, so I could not give my best in the snatch, otherwise I could have won silver.”
Pakistan’s Muhammad Noah Butt won the gold medal with a new Commonwealth Games (CWG) record by lifting a total of 405 kg. This is Pakistan’s first gold medal in Commonwealth Games 2022. Till now Pakistan has only two medals. David Andrew of New Zealand got the silver medal with a total lift of 394 kg.
10 medals for India
India got the maximum 10 medals in Commonwealth Games in weightlifting. It has three gold, three silver and four bronze medals. Mirabai Chanu, Jeremy Lalrinnunga and Anchita Shuli won the gold medal in this event for the country. Sanket Sargari, Bindiyarani Devi and Vikas Thakur bagged silver while Gururaja Pujari, Harjinder Kaur, Lovepreet Singh and Gurdeep Singh bagged bronze. India has 18 medals so far.
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