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Sathish Sivalingam wins India's third Gold medal in weightlifting 07-04-2018



 

Sathish Sivalingam brought India yet another medal in weightlifting after winning Gold in the men's 77kg event. This is India's third gold medal and fifth medal overall at the Games so far. All five medals have come in weightlifting.

He lifted a combined total of 317 kg (144 snatch and 173 clean and jerk) to beat England's Jack Oliver, who won silver. Sathish becomes the first ever male Indian weightlifter to win Gold in two different editions of the Commonwealth Games.

Sathish successfully lifted 136 and then 140 kg in his first two snatch attempts to set the tempo. Oliver, however, went for 141 and 145kg in his first two attempts to take the lead. Before heading into the clean and jerk, Sathish lifted 144kg in his third snatch attempt to comfortably sit in second place after Oliver failed to lift 148kg in his third attempt.

Sathish took the lead lifting 169kg in his first clean and jerk attempt after Oliver lifted 167kg. Sathish looked comfortable and confident going on to lift 173kg, while Oliver failed to lift 171kg in two attempts. This confirmed the Gold medal for Sathish.

Sathish, who hails from Vellore, Tamil Nadu, had won Gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where his 149kg lift in snatch is still a Games record. "It (winning the gold) is life's turning point, Sathish had said after winning in Glasgow.

Sathish's weightlifting career started when he was 15, and it was his father Sivalingam, an ex-serviceman who is a national-level weightlifter who encouraged him to take the sport. "He played at the national championships but failed to win a medal at the international level, Sathish said after he won in Glasgow. He wanted me to win a medal in a big international event.

He finished 11th at the Rio Olympics in a strong field and he would be eager to take this form and do better in Tokyo 2020.