Weightlifters Sathish Sivalingam, RV Rahul win gold at 2018 Commonwealth Games

08 April, 2018, 01:13 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
  • CWG 2018 Weightlifter Sivalingam gives India third gold medal

The Gold Medal comes when politicos were demanding to boycott IPLChennai: By winning gold in Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast, Australia, for India in men's 77 kg weightlifting, Sathish Kumar Sivalingam appears to have brought cheers to Tamil Nadu which is lately found to be in high tempers over the Cauvery water issue.

On Friday it was Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham from Manipur who won India's second Gold in weightlifting after a successful start from Mirabai Chanu and P Gururaja on Day 1 of the Games.

Sivalingam's 173kg lift in Clean and Jerk confirmed his position to the top of the standings. While Sathish had trouble with his hamstring, Rahul had a dodgy knee. Talking to media after winning his medal, the 25-year-old later revealed that he was in so much pain because of a thigh injury that he did not even expect winning a medal. Following his father's footsteps, Satish made weightlifting his career. Everyone took care of me, gave me hope but I was not very confident. Despite the setbacks, both lifters showed grit and ground out the result. The first match in Chennai is scheduled for April 10.

And this is not the first time Sivalingam made India proud.

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Sivalingam, an Indian Railways employee from Vellore in Tamil Nadu, helped continue the trend as the country woke up to the news of a gold medal for the third straight day of the ongoing multi-sport spectacle in Australia. In the Glasgow Games in 2014, she won Gold in women's 48kg category.

Two men made it to the final eight as well.

In the men's 77kg category, Sathish faced little problem before stamping his class.

Kidambi Srikanth shrugged off his jitters from the previous rounds as he led India to a 3-0 win over Mauritius and advanced to the semi-finals of badminton mixed-team event. India will next play Singapore, though they are likely to also keep an eye out on the other half of the draw where Malaysia are playing England for a place in the final.

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