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Sudhir Unstoppable: The man who fought polio now won 6th gold for India at CWG 2022

Sudhir Unstoppable: The man who fought polio now won 6th gold for India at CWG 2022

By Sanjay Maurya

Parapowerlifter Sudhir joined India’s gold medal tally at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham on Thursday, August 4 as he won the men’s heavyweight event with a new Games record. Sudhir Hailing from Sonepat, Haryana, he created a new Commonwealth Games record with his second lift of 212kg, for which he won 134.5 points which helped him clinch the gold medal. Sudhir’s body weight was 87.30 kg and his rack height was 14.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

  • Opening ceremony: 28 July 2022
  • Closing ceremony: 8 August 2022
  • Motto: Sport is the beginning of all
  • Main venue: Alexander Stadium
  • Nations participating: 72 Commonwealth nations

Indian medal winners at Commonwealth Games 2022

No Athlete/Team Medal Event Sport
1 Sanket Sargar Silver Men’s 55kg Weightlifting
2 Gururaja Poojary Bronze Men’s 61kg Weightlifting
3 Mirabai Chanbu Gold Women’s 49kg Weightlifting
4 Bindyarani Devi Silver Women’s 55kg Weightlifting
5 Jeremy Lalrinnunga Gold Men’s 67kg Weightlifting
6 Achinta Sheuli Gold Men’s 73kg Weightlifting
7 Sushila Devi Likmabam Silver Women’s 48kg Judo
8 Vijay Kumar Yadav Bronze Men’s 60kg Judo
9 Harjinder Kaur Bronze Women’s 71kg Weightlifting
10 Indian women’s team Gold Women’s fours Lawn bowls
11 Vikas Thakur Silver Men’s 96kg Weightlifting
12 Indian men’s team Gold Men’s team Table Tennis
13 Indian mixed team Silver Mixed team Badminton
14 Lovepreet Singh Bronze Men’s 109kg Weightlifting
15 Saurav Ghosal Bronze Men’s singles Squash
16 Tulika Maan Silver Women’s +78kg Judo
17 Gurdeep Singh Bronze Men’s +109kg Weightlifting
18 Tejaswin Shankar Bronze Men’s high jump Athletics
19 Murali Sreeshankar Silver Men’s long jump Athletics
20 Sudhir Gold Men’s heavyweight Para Powerlifting

Para powerlifter Sudhir seals gold

Sudhir started his event with a successful attempt to lift 208 kg without breaking a sweat and secured 132.0 points. In his second attempt, he improved on his last attempt and successfully lifted 212 kg scoring 134.5 points. In the third and last attempt, he failed to lift 217 kg, but he won the gold medal with 134.5 points.

Sudhir made history by becoming the first para-athlete from India to take home a medal from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Sudhir, an Asian Para Games bronze medallist, has an impairment due to the effects of polio. Sudhir won the gold, while the silver medal went to Ikechuku, Kristian Obichuku, who finished with 133.6 points, and the bronze medal went to Scotland’s Mickey Yule, who finished third with 130.9 points.

As the curtain fell on the seventh day, India registered two historic outings to end the day on a high. Sreeshankar, the first Indian athlete, created history as the 23-year-old became the first Indian male athlete to win a medal in the long jump at the Commonwealth Games. Shortly thereafter para powerlifter Sudhir added India’s sixth gold in the ongoing Games, winning a gold medal in the men’s heavyweight final.

At the World Para Powerlifting Asia-Oceania Open Championship in South Korea in June, with the best lift of 214kg, Sudhir won a bronze in men’s up to 88kg. Sudhir, who started powerlifting in 2013 in Sonipat, has also qualified for the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games, which was postponed to next year.

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