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.