Gold Coast: Weightlifter P Gururaja opened India’s decoration account on the main rivalry day of the 21st Commonwealth Games, guaranteeing a silver in the men’s 56kg classification here on Thursday.
The 25-year-old Gururaja, making his CWG make a big appearance, equalled his own best of 249kg (111 138) to complete second in a field where Malaysia’s three-time Commonwealth Championships medallist Muhammad Izhar Ahmed (117 144) broke the Games record for grab and general lift.
“I am extremely upbeat to have opened India’s award account in the Games. It was no place near being my best execution however I am happy that it was sufficient to get me a silver award,” a smiling Gururaja said after the exertion.
Gururaja was third after grab, pulling off a best of 111kg after two great lifts previously surviving a couple of brazen minutes in quick lift.
The Indian flopped in his initial two endeavors previously dealing with a decent lift off his last opportunity to zoom to the best 50% of the table.
“I didn’t exactly comprehend why my second lift was not announced substantial. It was prohibited for an exceptionally minor development of the arm. Had it been permitted I could have gone for a higher lift a maybe target gold. Yet at the same time I am upbeat,” said the humble lifter from Karnataka.
Ahmed, in the interim, bettered his comrade Hamizan Amirul Ibrahim’s grab record of 116kg, made in 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. He at that point broke the general Games record, which was additionally for the sake of Ibrahim.
The Malaysia player, who got the group behind him with his extravagant festivals after each effective lift. was just relentless, leaving a genuinely involved Carrara Sports and Leisure Center captivated.
The third position was taken by Sri Lanka’s Lakmal Chaturanga (114 134). “The awards throughout the previous three years have been pivoting among the three of us,” Gururaja watched.
Gururaja, a low-positioning Indian Air Force worker, is a quintessential Indian games story of huge hardships and only a small piece of good fortune.
Child of a truck driver, Gururaja had tried to be a wrestler for a very long time before being pushed into weightlifting by a vigilant mentor who saw potential in him.
“I am glad I took up weightlifting,” he chuckled.