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CWG 2018: Gururaja wins first medal in weightlifting, Open India’s Account

CWG 2018: Gururaja wins first medal in weightlifting, Open India’s Account
Written by Abhishek Lohia

India’s account opened in the 21st Commonwealth Games. Weightlifter Gururaja has given India the first medal. He got the silver medal in 56 kg weightlifting category on Thursday. Gururaja did a score of 111 in the snatch and then scored 138 in clean and jerk. He clinched a medal with shooting a total of 249. In this game, he broke the record which was set by his compatriot Ibrahim in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Malaysian player in clean and jerk scored 144.Sri Lanka’s Chaturanga Lakmal won The bronze medal in the same category. He was leading at one time when he lifted 114 kg in Snatch category, but he weighed only 134 KG in clean and Jerk and finished third in the final. 

The 25-year-old boy from Karnataka, Gururaja is employed with the Indian Air Force. He is a son of a truck driver. Malaysian Muhammad Azroy Hazalwafie Izhar Ahmad set two new Games Records, first in snatch where he lifted 117kg and then with a 261kg total. He improved on the marks of 116kg and 260kg respectively set way back in 2002 by compatriot Hamizan Amirul Ibrahim.

A mixed start for India on the opening day of the CWG. While India beat Sri Lanka 3-0 in the mixed team event in badminton, the Indian women’s hockey team lost the opening game 2-3 to Wales. In Badminton event, India and Sri Lanka were face-to-face in the Badminton team event. In the first match of the team event, Pranav Chopra and Riddhika pair of India started the game. The Indian pair won the first game by 21-15 from Sri Lankan pair. However, in the second game, the Sri Lankan pair showed a brilliant game and won the second game 21-19. In the third game, there was a tremendous fight between the two teams, but in the deciding game, the Indian pair played the game of gossip and won the game by 22-20. Along with this, India has started the Commonwealth Games in 2018 with a win in Badminton Mixed Doubles. India has won this match 21-15, 19-21, 22-20.

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Abhishek Lohia

Abhishek Lohia was a Sports and Political Writer working for Newsfolo and is no longer associated with the organization.

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