Backache fails to deter Sudhir from ‘lifting’ bronze

first_imgSudhir Kumar kept the Indian flag flying high at the Commonwealth Games as he lifted a total of 297kg to win bronze in the men’s 77kg weightlifting at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday. Sudhir lifted 131kg in his first attempt at snatch but failed to lift 136kg in his second and third attempts.In clean and jerk, he lifted 161kg in the first attempt and 166kg in the second, but failed to lift 171kg in his final attempt, thereby ending up in the third spot. Sudhir said it was mixed day for him. “It was a good day as I won a medal but it was a bad day as far as my performance is concerned,” he said. Sudhir said his snatch round was ‘pathetic’ because if he had lifted a good weight, he would definitely have won gold. “I had no pressure to perform well but I had a back injury. I am happy that at least I won the medal.”Weightlifting coach Harnam Singh admitted Sudhir’s performance was not good. “This medal was really unexpected but we got it. Sudhir did not perform well but something is better than nothing,” he said. Yukio Peter of Nauru won gold with a combined total of 333kg after a snatch of 148kg and clean and jerk of 185kg. Australia’s Ben Turner bagged silver by lifting a total weight of 308kg.Nigerian Felix Cobham Ekpo matched Peter with 148kg in snatch, but the Nauruan beat the competition when he opened the clean and jerk with a lift of 185kg to set a new Commonwealth Games record. Turner, who won gold in the 69kg division in Melbourne, was at his best. He lifted 133kg in snatch and 175kg in clean and jerk. Nauru coach and the Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation secretary general Paul Coffa said it was not their best show.advertisement”He could have done better as he is in great form these days. Before coming to the Delhi Games, he had a minor injury and may be that is why he could not perform well,” Coffa said.last_img