IWF weightlifting

1. Indian weightlifters secure four medals at the 2024 IWF World Youth Weightlifting Championship in Lima, Peru.
2. Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu celebrates athletes’ success on X.
3. Congratulations pour in as young Indian weightlifters shine on the global stage.

Itanagar, May 24: Indian weightlifters have made the nation proud by clinching four medals at the 2024 IWF World Youth Weightlifting Championship held in Lima, Peru.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu shared the exciting news on the microblogging site X, extending his congratulations to the athletes.

CM Khandu highlighted the exceptional performances of the athletes, particularly Preetismita Bhoi from Odisha, who secured gold in the Women’s 40kg Clean & Jerk and set a new World Record with a lift of 76 kg.

“I am honoured and thrilled to have set a new world record. This is a dream come true,” said Bhoi, attributing her success to the support of her coaches, family, and the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF).

Jyoshna Sabar, another Indian weightlifter in the 40kg category, won a silver medal with a total lift of 69 kg, while Babulal Hembrom Sabar from Jharkhand secured a bronze medal in the Men’s 49kg event with a total lift of 193 kg.

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Adding to India’s medal tally, Payal earned a silver medal in the Women’s 45kg category and two bronze medals in the Snatch and Clean & Jerk events.

CM Khandu expressed his pride and congratulated all the winners, acknowledging their remarkable achievements.

Ravi Kumar, General Secretary of the Odisha Weightlifting Association, praised the dominance of Odisha athletes in the U14 category and credited coaches like Gopal Das and institutional support from the Odisha Sports and Youth Services department for their success.

Coaches like Gopal Das expressed their gratitude for the support received and outlined their future goals, aiming for success in upcoming competitions like the Youth Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

The athletes and coaches remain dedicated to their training, driven by the aspiration to bring more glory to India in the field of weightlifting, with the unwavering support of their mentors and institutional backing.