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Setting the bar high

Mirabai’s attempt to lift 90kg in snatch showed how determined she is to iron out the kinks to reach the top. Her triumph in the women’s 49kg class in Birmingham was impressive, but a pleasant surprise was her near ­success in hitting the mark she has been chasing.


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Achinta Sheuli dedicates gold to brother Alok who quit weightlifting and worked as a labourer to keep him going in sport

Growing up in the village of Deulpur, a two-hour bus journey from Howrah in West Bengal, Achinta wasn’t particularly interested in either weightliftin
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