National Weightlifting Championships: Teenager Achinta Sheuli lifts his way to maiden Senior gold

Teenager Achinta Sheuli lifted a combined total of 300kg to clinch the gold in the National Weightlifting Championships held in Visakhapatnam on Monday.

Achinta Sheuli

Lifting to gold: Achinta Sheuli in action during the men's 73kg event at the National Weightlifting Championships held in Visakhapatnam on Monday.   -  C.V.Subrahmanyam

Last year's Khelo India gold medallist, 18-year-old Achinta Sheuli made his mark on the senior circuit as he lifted a combined total of 300 kg in the men's 73kg event to bag his maiden National title at the Railway Indoor Sports Enclave here on Monday.

Teenager Sheuli's exploits on Monday underline the promise he holds for the future. Experienced lifters Akshay Gaikwad and M. Rajan's aggregates of 297kg and 292kg fetched them silver and bronze medals respectively.

Achinta Sheuli

After winning gold in the Khelo Games in 2018, Achinta Sheuli announced himself on the senior stage by clinching his maiden senior title on Monday.   -  C.V.Subrahmanyam

 

Sheuli began with a 'no lift' for 132kg before doing 135kg in his final snatch attempt. The confident West Bengal boy lifted 161kg in his opening clean and jerk effort and improved it by four kg to assure himself of the gold medal in the second. He could not do 168kg in his concluding try.

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“My performance has improved a lot after joining the National camp about a year ago. However, I could not achieve my target of 139kg in snatch because of my first failed attempt,” said Sheuli.

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist in 69kg Deepak Lather took the fourth place with 291kg.

Achinta Sheuli

West Bengal's Achinta Sheuli poses with his gold medal and is flanked by silver medallist Akshay Gaikwad and bronze medal winner M.Rajan.   -  C.V.Subrahmanyam

 

Punam Yadav's total of 220kg, which was two kg short of her gold medal winning performance in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, got her the women's 81kg crown.

Punam, who was “let off” by the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) following a written apology for reportedly leaving the National camp without permission last year, had a decisive lead when she registered 99kg in her final snatch attempt. Her closest competitor Seema did 97kg.

In clean and jerk, Punam recorded a 'no lift' for 121kg in her second try before lifting the same weight successfully in the third.

The results

Men: 73kg: 1. Achinta Sheuli snatch 135kg, clean and jerk 165kg, total 300kg; 2. Akshay Gaikwad 133kg, 164kg, 297kg; 3. M. Rajan (TN) 127kg, 165kg, 292kg.

81kg: 1. Papul Changmai (Asm) 140kg, 180kg, 320kg; 2. Sambo Lapung (SSCB) 145kg, 171kg, 316kg; 3. Amarjit Guru (Pun) 142kg, 171kg, 313kg.

Women: 81kg: 1. Punam Yadav (RSPB) 99kg, 121kg, 220kg; 2. Seema 97kg, 121kg, 218kg; 3. Manpreet Kaur (Pun) 96kg, 119kg, 215kg.