Weightlifter Rakhi Halder creates new national record

Rakhi Halder lifted 128kgs in the clean and jerk for a total of 230kgs to create a new national record, bettering Karnam Malleswari’s feat (127kg) created in Athens in 1999.

Rakhi Halder bettered Karnam Malleswari’s former record of 127kg to set a new national record on Tuesday. (Representative Image)   -  Getty Images

Rakhi Halder of RSPB created a new national record in clean and jerk en route to a gold medal in the 63kg women’s category in the 33rd Women Senior National Weightlifting Championships, here today.

Rakhi lifted 128kgs in the clean and jerk for a total of 230kgs to create a new national record, bettering Karnam Malleswari’s feat (127kg) created in Athens in 1999.

The silver in this category went to S. Thasana Chanu of Karnataka (202kg) while the bronze was clinched by AIPSCB’s Amandeep Kaur (191kg).

The day concluded with a gold medal for R. V. Rahul of RSPB in 85kg men’s division of the 70th Men National Weightlifting Championships. Rahul won the gold with a total lift of 335kg, while the silver and the bronze were bagged by Harshad Wadekar of Maharashtra (325kg) and K Ravi Kumar (323kg).