Sports, Aug 05: India’s Sudhir claimed the gold medal in the men’s heavyweight para powerlifting event at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) on Thursday.
Sudhir, an Asian Para Games bronze medallist, lifted 208kg in his first attempt before increasing it to 212kg in his second effort to gather 134.5 points and break the Games record.
HISTORIC GOLD FOR INDIA 🔥🔥🔥
Asian Para-Games Bronze medalist, #Sudhir wins 🇮🇳's 1st ever GOLD🥇 medal in Para-Powerlifting at #CommonwealthGames with a Games Record to his name 💪💪
Sudhir wins his maiden 🥇 in Men's Heavyweight with 134.5 points (GR) at CWG#Cheer4India
— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) August 4, 2022
The 27-year-old Sudhir, who has an impairment due to the effects of polio, thus opened India’s para sports medal account in the ongoing CWG.
Also Read: Har Ghar Tiranga: Amitabh Bachchan, Anushka Sharma, Akshay Kumar & others feature in Independence Day anthem
Ikechukwu Christian Obichukwu won the silver with 133.6 points, while Micky Yule bagged the bronze with 130.9 points.
He had won a bronze in men’s upto 88kg with the best lift of 214kg at the World Para Powerlifting Asia-Oceania Open Championship in South Korea in June.
Sudhir, who started powerlifting in 2013 in Sonipat, has also qualified for Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games, which was postponed to next year.