National weightlifting championships: Ajith clinches men’s 73kg gold

Ajith, who lifted 134kg in snatch, and Sethi hoisted an identical 163kg in clean and jerk but the Railways man won by seven kg with a total of 297kg.

Kuldeep Sahu (265kg) of Odisha Prajwal (277kg) of Karnataka took the youth and junior titles respectively in 73kg. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)   -  GETTY IMAGES

N. Ajith of Railways relied on his superior snatch performance to beat local favourite Mihir Kanta Sethi and win the men’s 73kg gold medal in the National weightlifting championships at the KIIT University campus in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.

Ajith, who lifted 134kg in snatch, and Sethi hoisted an identical 163kg in clean and jerk but the Railways man won by seven kg with a total of 297kg.

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Kuldeep Sahu (265kg) of Odisha Prajwal (277kg) of Karnataka took the youth and junior titles respectively in 73kg.

Popy Hazarika, another lifter who has qualified for the Commonwealth Games, aggregated 195kg to win the women’s 59kg title comfortably.

T.M. Keerthana (173kg) of Tamil Nadu and Sukarna Adak (179kg) won the gold medals in youth and junior sections respectively in 59kg. Keerthana also got the bronze in the junior section.

The results:

Men: 73kg: 1. N. Ajith (RSPB) snatch 134kg, clean and jerk 163kg, 297kg; 2. Mihir Kanta Sethi (Odi) 127kg, 163kg, 290kg; 3. Ganga Singh (Chd) 131kg, 157kg, 288kg.

Women: 59kg: 1. Popy Hazarika (RSPB) 85kg, 110kg, 195kg; 2. Davinder Kaur (AIP) 82kg, 104kg, 186kg; 3. Shakhenbi Devi (Man) 79kg, 107kg, 186kg.

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