CWG 2018: Weightlifter Sathish Kumar Sivalingam Wins Third Gold For India

Sathish Kumar Sivalingam lifts India to third spot in CWG 2018 medal tally
CWG 2018 Sathish Kumar Sivalingam lifted 173 kg in Clean and Jerk
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08 April, 2018

Satish Sivalingam became the first Indian male weightlifter to win a gold medal in two different edition of Commonwealth Games as he defended his 77kg title in Gold Coast Saturday, April 7. But into the competition, Sathish gave a good account of himself as he got into the lead with a lift of 144 kg in snatch, improving it to 136kg and 140kg, before retaining the gold medal with a clean and jerk, which weighed 173kg and a total of 317kg.

Notably, Sivalingam had qualified for the ongoing Games by winning the 77kg weightlifting title at Commonwealth and Oceania Championships in Gold Coast previous year. The 21-year-old Rahul lifted a total of 338kg (151kg+187kg) to finish on top. "What is even more remarkable is that you have won a second Gold medal in the successive Commonwealth Games." read a statement issued by chief minister Edappadi K.Palaniswamy who went on to announce Rs 50 lakh, on behalf of the state government, for Sivalingam's achievement.

"I had no hopes of winning a medal after I injured my thighs during the National Championships while attempting 194kg in clean and jerk", Sathish was quoted by PTI. Sivalangam, the son of a weightlifter from the village of Sathuvachary near Vellore, maintained his flawless record at the Commonwealth level - he has never won anything apart from a gold at the Commonwealth Championships or Games.

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"I was in so much pain that even sitting was very painful for me. I had not trained that hard and my body was not at its best, and so how could I hope for a medal", Sathish said. Meanwhile, weightlifter P. Gururaja on Day 1 won silver in the 56 kg category.

President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated the weightlifter for his gold-medal winning effort. The fact that the access to our physio was limited made it all the more hard. "I just hope that we get a physio with us at the Asian Games". Earlier Asian Games used to come within 20-25 days of CWG, which didn't give us enough time to prepare. "They are greatest source of the motivation I have to pursue this sport seriously", he said.


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