Commonwealth Games: Lifter Gururaja bags first medal for India

Commonwealth Games: Lifter Gururaja bags first medal for India

Undeterred by niggles and lack of proper physiotherapic care, Indian weightlifters delivered two more gold medals for India on Saturday, while badminton players and boxers remained unbeaten to make up for the hockey team's sloppy draw against Pakistan on day 3 of the Commonwealth Games. "I haven't been able to train that well", he said.

Fiji's Manueli Tulo missed out on the podium after failing with his final clean and jerk attempt at 145kg. Yesterday, Sathish, the defending champion, and Rahul overcame the pain barrier posed by their respective unhealed thigh and knee injuries to claim gold medals.

"When people are given the privilege to come in and watch an event and they break the rules, that's not high performance, that's infringing on the spirit which these Games represent", Commonwealth Games Federation CEO David Grevemberg said.

"Our physios are not allowed to be with us in the competition area due to accreditation issues".

In the Commonwealth Championships a year ago, Rahul had lifted a total of 351kg (156kg + 195kg). But the coaches supported me immensely to get this medal. Earlier, it was a fascinating contest of one-upmanship between Sathish and eventual silver-medallist Jack Oliver of England in the snatch competition. In the clean and jerk attempt, Rahul easily lifted 182kg in the first attempt and then improved to 187kg in his second attempt assuring his clutches on the gold. I am very happy. His lift of 149kg in snatch continues to be the Games record.

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