With an assured performance, India’s 20-year-old weightlifter Achinta Sheuli won gold in the men’s 73kg division at the Commonwealth Games 2022, lifting a new games record total of 313kg at the NEC Hall number 1 in Birmingham.
He lifted 143kg in snatch and 170kg in clean and jerk to top the field ahead of Malaysia’s Erry Hidayat Muhammad, who took silver with a total of 303kg, while Canada’s S. Darsigny claimed bronze with a total of 298kg.
Sheuli’s gold is India’s third in the 2022 Commonwealth Games here and the sixth medal in total, all coming in weightlifting.
Sheuli, the 20-year-old former tailor from Howrah district of West Bengal, was the favourite in 73kg and took lead from the snatch category itself, lifting 143kg.
In clean and jerk, he started with 165kg in his first attempt, which put him 1kg ahead of the Malaysian.The Indian youngster failed to lift 170kg in his second attempt before completing it in his third attempt to take his total to 313kg, which is a Commonwealth Games record.
Malaysia’s Muhammad made a desperate but futile effort to lift 175kg to overtake the Indian but was not successful in two attempts, giving Sheuli the gold medal.
India’s current medals tally
Gold : Mirabai Chanu – Weightlifting women’s 49kg
Gold : Jeremy Lalrinnunga – Weightlifting men’s 67kg
Silver : Bindyarani Devi – Weightlifting women’s 55kg
Silver : Sanket Sargar – Weightlifting men’s 55kg
Bronze : Gururaja Poojary – Weightlifting men’s 61kg
Gold : Achinta Sheuli – Weightlifting men’s 73kg
Silver: L Shushila Devi- Judo women’s 48kg
Bronze: Vijay Kumar- Judo men’s 60kg
President, PM congratulate Sheuli
The President and Prime Minister on Monday congratulated weightlifter Achinta Sheuli on winning gold. Congratulating Sheuli, President Droupadi Murmu tweeted, “Achinta Sheuli has made India proud by winning gold and making the tricolor fly high at the Commonwealth Games. You immediately overcame the failure in one attempt and topped the lineup. You are the champion who has created a history. Heartiest congratulations.”
Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu said, “Elated by the spectacular performance of Achinta Sheuli at #CWG2022. Heartiest congratulations on clinching a gold medal in the Men’s 73 Kg weightlifting competition. The nation is proud of his accomplishment. My best wishes for many more laurels in the future.”
In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Delighted that the talented Achinta Sheuli has won a Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games. He is known for his calm nature and tenacity. He has worked very hard for this special achievement. My best wishes to him for his future endeavours.”
“Before our contingent left for the Commonwealth Games, I had interacted with Achinta Sheuli. We had discussed the support he received from his mother and brother. I also hope he gets time to watch a film now that a medal has been won,” Prime Minister Modi added. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Congratulations to Havildar Achinta Sheuli for winning the Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. He has made the country proud with his achievement. Well done Achinta.”