August 18, 2022
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CWG 2018: Gururaja claims first medal for India.

Gururaja wins first medal for India at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018

Gururaja wins first medal for India at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018, as he wins silver in Men’s 56kg weightlifting event at the multi-sport event. He lifted a total of 111kg in the snatch, the 28-year-old from Karnataka failed to lift in the first two attempts of the clean and jerk, but added 138kg in his third attempt making a total lift of 249kg – achieving his personal best. In 2017, he had won a Commonwealth Championships bronze in Australia.

 

 

Malaysia’s Muhammad Izhar Ahmad won gold with a total score of 261kg. He also made a Commonwealth Games record in the process, while bronze went to Sri Lanka’s Chaturanga Lakmal (248kg).

Gururaja began weightlifting in 2010 and won gold in the Commonwealth senior weightlifting championship, lifting a personal best of 249kg (108+141) in Penang(2016). He also won gold at the South Asian Games.

He is a low-ranking Indian Air Force employee, and is a quintessential Indian sports story of immense hardships and just a tiny bit of luck.

Gururaja at the podium.

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Gururaja hails from Kundapura in coastal areas of Karnataka. He started his sporting journey as a wrestler, and later switched to powerlifting and then weightlifting. He is a son of pick up driver.

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Gururaja wins first medal for India at Gold Coast Commonwealth

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