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Commonwealth Games 2018: Gururaja claims silver in Men’s 56kg weightlifting | Commonwealth Games News

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NEW DELHI: India’s Gururaja claimed silver in the Men’s 56kg weightlifting event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games handing its India first medal at the quadrennial event on the opening day.

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After lifting his best weight of 111kg in the snatch, the 28-year-old added 138kg in his third attempt in the clean and jerk to end with a total lift of 249kg – achieving his personal best.

Malaysia’s Muhammad Izhar Ahmad won gold with a total lift of 261kg – A Commonwealth Games record – while bronze went to Sri Lanka’s Chaturanga Lakmal (248kg).

In 2017, Gururaja had claimed a Commonwealth Championships bronze in Australia.

Gururaja, who began weightlifting in 2010, had won gold in the Commonwealth senior weightlifting championship, lifting a personal best of 249kg (108+141) in Penang in 2016. Earlier that year, the 28-year-old won gold at the South Asian Games.

Son of a pick-up-truck driver, Gururaja hails from Kundapura in coastal Karnataka and started out as a wrestler before switching to Powerlifting and then weightlifting.

Updated: April 5, 2018 — 1:25 am

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