Weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam lifts second successive CWG gold

Sathish Kumar Shivalingam

CWG 2018: Weightlifter Sathish Kumar Sivalingam Wins Third Gold For India

The Gold Medal comes when politicos were demanding to boycott IPLChennai: By winning gold in Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast, Australia, for India in men's 77 kg weightlifting, Sathish Kumar Sivalingam appears to have brought cheers to Tamil Nadu which is lately found to be in high tempers over the Cauvery water issue. But into the competition, Sathish gave a good account of himself as he got into the lead with a lift of 144 kg in snatch, improving it to 136kg and 140kg, before retaining the gold medal with a clean and jerk, which weighed 173kg and a total of 317kg.

India's Men's 77kg Weightlifting Gold medalist Sathish Kumar Sivalingam with England's Silver medalist Jack Oliver and Australia's Bronze medalist Francois Etoundi during medal ceremony at the Commonwealth Games, in Gold Coast, Australia. Sathish asserted he was attempting 194kg in clean and jerk when he injured he discovered a quadriceps problem.

"I was in so much pain that even sitting was very painful for me". Sivalangam, the son of a weightlifter from the village of Sathuvachary near Vellore, maintained his ideal record at the Commonwealth level - he has never won anything apart from a gold at the Commonwealth Championships or Games.

Indian weightlifters have clinched several medals, including two golds, in the CWG event so far.

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On Friday it was Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham from Manipur who won India's second Gold in weightlifting after a successful start from Mirabai Chanu and P Gururaja on Day 1 of the Games. Everyone took care of me, gave me hope but I was not very confident.

Ahead of the 2014 Glasgow Games, Sathish trained for a while in Birmingham to get acclimatised to the conditions and food. "I hope to do even better in the Asian Games because there is a gap now".

Speaking on the limited access to the team physio, Sathish said, "I didn't want to touch that level because I still need to undergo rehabilitation".

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