Achinta Sheuli of India won gold in the men’s 73 kg weightlifting event at CWG 2022, breaking a previous record.
Weightlifters have so far been India’s standout athletes at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, and on day 3, 20-year-old Achinta Sheuli broke the Games record by lifting a total of 313 kg to win the gold medal in the men’s 73 kg division. Sheuli first again in the Snatch round, lifting 140kg and 143kg, broke the Games record. Then, in the clean and jerk round, he lifted 166 kg and 170 kg to set a Games record for the total weight.
Achinta Sheuli, the event favourite, lifted 313 kg (143 kg, 170 kg) to win the gold at NEC Hall on Sunday.
Erry Hidayat Muhammad of Malaysia, who gave Sheuli a stiff challenge, came in second place overall. His best effort was 303 kg (138kg 165kg)
Shad Darsigny of Canada, who lifted 298 kg in total, came in third (135kg 163kg).
In the snatch section, Sheuli, a junior world championship silver medalist, performed three clean lifts of 137 kg, 140 kg, and 143 kg.
He broke the Games record and increased his personal best with his 143 kg effort.
The lifter from Kolkata began with a 166kg lift, which he easily lifted, then entered the clean and jerk with a five kilogramme advantage.
Achinta Sheuli’s 170kg attempt then failed, but on his third try, he was able to lift the weight and set a new Games record for total lift (313kg).
The Malaysian lifter tried a 176kg lift in his final two attempts, but failed, so the Indian lifter had to wait patiently at the end to learn what medal he’d bring home.
The weightlifting team from India has now won six medals overall with the gold from Sheuli. Jeremy Lalrinnunga, 19, earned the gold medal in the men’s 67kg division earlier in the day.