Weightlifter Achinta Sheuli bags India’s third gold

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Brimingham: Weightlifter Achinta Sheuli (73 kg) lived up to his top billing as he clinched India’s third gold in the Commonwealth Games here.

Favourite to win the event, debutant Sheuli heaved 313 kg (143 kg+170 kg) to grab the gold at NEC Hall here on Sunday.

Malaysia’s Erry Hidayat Muhammad, who gave Sheuli a tough competition, ended as the second best lifter in the event. He had a best effort of 303 kg (138 kg+165 kg).

Canada’s Shad Darsigny was third with a total lift of 298 kg (135 kg+163 kg).

Sheuli, a junior world championship silver medallist, executed three clean lifts — 137 kg, 140 kg and 143 kg — in the snatch section.

His 143 kg effort helped him smash the Games record and improve his personal best.

Heading into clean an jerk with a five kilogram advantage, the Kolkata lifter started with a 166 kg lift, which he hoisted easily.

Sheuli then faltered his 170kg attempt only to heave the weight in the third attempt and create a new Games record in total lift (313kg).

The Indian lifter had to wait patiently towards the end to find out what medal he’d take home as the Malaysian attempted a 176kg lift in his last two attempts only to fail.

With the gold from Sheuli, the Indian weightlifting contingent has bagged its sixth medal of the Games