Weightlifting Nationals: Jimjang Deru sets National record

Jimjang Deru's lift of 153 kg in the men’s clean and jerk 62kg category bettered the 152kg mark set by Rustam Sarang (Chhattisgarh) at the All India Police Games in 2013. Deru, who lifted 113kg in snatch, won the overall gold with 266 kg.

“I was very confident of breaking the National record. I have been winning gold medals in Army events," Deru said.

Jimjang Deru from Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) set a National clean and jerk record in the men’s 62kg category in the 69th men and the 32nd women senior National weightlifting championship, at the Ponjesly College of Engineering, here on Tuesday.

Deru’s lift of 153 kg bettered the 152kg mark set by Rustam Sarang (Chhattisgarh) at the All India Police Games in 2013. Deru, who lifted 113kg in snatch, won the overall gold with 266 kg.

Railways’ Antony Raj won the snatch gold by lifting 114 kg and the overall silver after lifting 147 kg in clean and jerk.

Controversial ‘no lift’

However, the record lift had a controversy attached to it. Though Deru’s lift of 153kg was clean, there were doubts over Antony’s lift of 155 kg. The weight that he lifted fell behind him instead of front of him. The local boy, who represents Railways, was cheered loudly by the crowd, who thought it was a record.

Dronacharya Award winner and jury member Hansa Manral declared the lift clean, while the other two jury members (N. P.S. Chauhan and Madan Lal Salvi) along with the three officiating referees (Poonam Tiwari, Harbans Singh and Ganesh Kataria) felt that it was a ‘no lift’.

The split verdict led to the matter going to the All India Weightlifting Federation (AIWF), whose members were in Chennai attending the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) meeting. Later, after seeing the video footage, the technical team declared Antony effort as a ‘no lift’, helping Deru take the glory.

“I was very confident of breaking the National record. I have been winning gold medals in Army events. Having creating National records in the youth category, I was well prepared for this senior eventm,” said Deru.

The Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist was not perturbed by the controversy surrounding his victory. “I was fully sure of the win because the weight that Antony Raj lifted had fallen behind him,” said the weightlifter from Arunachal Pradesh.

In the women’s 58kg category, Saraswati Rout continued the good run for Railways by clinching the gold. She lifted 81kg in snatch and 106kg in clean and jerk to finish with an overall weight of 187kg.

The results: Men: 62 kg: 1. Jimjang Deru (SSCB) 266kg (113 (snatch) + 153 (clean & jerk, NR, Old: 152 kg); 2. Antony Raj (Rlys) 261 (114 + 147); 3. V. Srinivasa Rao (AP) 255 (112 + 143). Inter-State: 1. V. Srinivasa Rao 255 (112+143); 2. Susanta Sahu (Odi) 255 (115+140); 3. K. Gowri Babu (AP) 246 (106, 140).

69 kg: 1. Sambo Lapung (SSCB) 291 (125+166); 2. Deepak Lather (SSCB) 290 (130+160); 3. Shankar Ganesh (Goa) 284 (127+157).

Inter-state: 69 kg: 1. Shankar Ganesh (Goa) 284 (127+157); 2. Lalu Taku (Arunachal Pradesh) 283 (126+157); 3. Akshay Gaikwad (Mah) 278 (124+154).

Women: 58 kg: 1. Saraswati Rout (Rlys) 187 (81+106); 2. Amandeep Kaur (Pun) 181 (81+100); 3. L. Premshowri Devi (Man) 176 (80 + 96).

63 kg: 1. Jasvir Kaur (Pun) 208 (94+114); 2. Vandana Gupta (Rlys) 202 (87+115); 3. C. Swathi Krishna Nair (Mah) 177 (79+98).