India’s 15-person delegation from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, led by Mirabai Chanu, is still anticipated to bring home a ton of medals.
A new rule stopped India from rearranging the weight categories of its lifters to their greatest advantage, but the nation’s 15-person delegation. Led by Mirabai Chanu, is still anticipated to return from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games with a bagful of medals. For Indian weightlifters, who enjoy the absence of traditional powerhouses like China and North Korea. The Commonwealth competitions, whether they be the CWG or the Commonwealth Championships, have been a happy hunting ground.
India placed first in the sport’s competition in the 1990, 2002, and 2018 editions. With 125 medals, including 43 gold ones, they are the second-most successful country in the sport. Trailing only Australia (159), whose hegemony has waned in recent competitions. The Indian weightlifting team dominated the 2018 Gold Coast Games, winning nine medals overall, including five golds. All 15 lifters have the ability to place on the podium this year as well.
Only a small percentage of them, nevertheless, are anticipated to succeed. The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) and head coach Vijay Sharma intended to field Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Chanu. A sure-fire title contender, in the 55kg weight category to boost India’s chances of winning additional gold medals in the women’s events.
Jhilli Dalabehera and S Bindyarani Devi were scheduled to compete in the 49- and 59-kilogram weight categories, respectively, while Poppy Hazarika was scheduled to fight in the 64-kg category.
However, due to a new regulation specified that only the top-ranked lifter in a category would qualify for the CWG and that, in the event of withdrawal. The next-best lifter would not receive the spot, the submissions were rejected. Jhilli missed the quadrennial competition and there was no Indian presence in the 64 kg weight class as a result of Chanu (49 kg), Bindyarani (55 kg), and Poppy (59 kg) being forced to drop down one weight class each.
Chanu will undoubtedly be the center of attention during the Games, but while everyone else will be vying for the top spot, Chanu, a previous world champion with a women’s 49 kg personal best of 207 kg (88 kg + 119 kg), is practically guaranteed to take the gold. To earn her third CWG medal, she simply needs to complete two legal lifts, one in each of the snatch and clean and jerk. She doesn’t even need to be at her best because of Stella Kingsley of Nigeria. The closest competitor has only ever lifted 168 kg (72 kg + 96 kg).
The 27-year-old, who already has a gold and silver medal from the CWG in her trophy case, has higher goals in mind. Chanu is likely to break the coveted 90 kg barrier in the snatch event and improve upon her current clean and jerk world record of 119 kg. “For me, CWG is really simple, so I’ll be battling with myself. At the CWG, we intend to lift 91 or 92 kilograms. I’m hoping that will happen, “In an interview with PTI last month, she had stated.
Other Indian weightlifters are anticipated to compete fiercely against their Malaysian and Nigerian rivals in the men’s and women’s categories, respectively.
The likelihood that Jeremy Lalrinnunga (67kg), a gold medalist from the Youth Olympics. Will win a gold medal has increased significantly as Pakistan’s Talha Talib, the favorite to win the 67kg title, is currently suspended after testing positive for prohibited substances. Jeremy, who has achieved success at the junior and juvenile levels, is returning from a lower back injury that derailed his world championship campaign in December. And the incredibly gifted 19-year-old will be anxious to make a name for himself on the senior stage and win a medal on his debut. Newcomers Achinta Sheuli (73 kg) and Ajay Singh are two more contenders for the crown (81kg). At the December Commonwealth Championships, both athletes took home the gold.
Achinta, won the silver medal in the junior world championship and has a personal best of 316 kg (143 kg + 173 kg). Must defeat Malaysia’s Erry Hidayat, who has a similar best effort to the Indian.
While Kyle John Ryan Christopher Park Bruce of Australia, Ajay’s closest competitor, has a personal best that is six kg lighter than the Indians. P Guruaja (61 kg), the seasoned Vikas Thakur (96 kg). Who will be seeking a third medal after winning silver and bronze in the 2014 and 2018 games respectively? Punam Yadav and Chanu are additional CWG medalists in the group along with Chanu (76kg). The Gold Coast CWG 62kg champion Muhammad Aznil bin Bidin of Malaysia, who lifted eight kg more than the Indian at the Commonwealth Championships. Would make it difficult for 2018 bronze medalist Gururaja to capture the gold.
While Kyle John Ryan Christopher Park Bruce of Australia, Ajay’s closest competitor. Has a personal best that is six kg lighter than the Indians. P Guruaja (61 kg), and the seasoned Vikas Thakur (96 kg). Who will be seeking for a third medal after winning silver and bronze in the 2014 and 2018 games respectively? Punam Yadav and Chanu are additional CWG medalists in the group along with Chanu (76kg). The Gold Coast CWG 62kg champion Muhammad Aznil bin Bidin of Malaysia. Who lifted eight kg more than the Indian at the Commonwealth Championships, would make it difficult for 2018 bronze medalist Gururaja to capture the gold.
As Canadian lifter Boady Santavy and Cypriot Antonis Martasidis both had stronger total efforts than Thakur. It would appear that bronze is his best chance. Purnima Pandey (+87kg) and Gurdeep Singh (+109kg) will represent India as lifters in the plus weight categories for the first time ever. It is not a question of if but rather how many medals the Indian delegation brings back this time because the CWG is perhaps the easiest platform for Indian lifters to earn medals.
“Our goal is to surpass our previous medal total. We’re hoping to bring back four or five golds “said Sharma.
Team: Mirabai Chanu (49 kg), Bindyarani Devi (55 kg), Popy Hazarika (59 kg), Harjinder Kaur (71 kg), Punam Yadav (76 kg), Usha Kumari (87 kg), and Purnima Pandey (+87 kg) are all female athletes.
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