Commonwealth Games 2022: India’s Sudhir won a historic gold medal in the men’s heavyweight para powerlifting at the ongoing Commonwealth Games on Thursday. He lifted 208kg in his first attempt and then went into the lead with his second lift of 212kg. In the third and last attempt, he failed to lift 217kg.
Para-powerlifter Sudhir won India’s first gold in the event at the Commonwealth Games. He pushed Nigeria’s Ikechukwu Obichukwu (133.6 points) to the second spot by 0.9 points as the Indian lifter’s final score read a Games Record 134.5 points for the top place on the podium in men’s heavyweight division.
“A great start to the CWG 2022 para-sports medal count by Sudhir! He wins a prestigious Gold and shows yet again his dedication and determination. He has been consistently performing well on the field. Congratulations and best wishes to him for all upcoming endeavours,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter.
So far, India has won 20 medals– six gold, seven silver and seven bronze — and was at the seventh position on the medals tally at the end of Day 7 of the competition here.