Commonwealth Games Squad 2022: Full List of Indian Weightlifting Team Athletes
Here are the profiles of all the athletes who will represent India in weightlifting at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Sanket Sargar (55kg); Age: 21; From: Sangli, Maharashtra
Sanket got into weightlifting, the only choice in his area, when he was 13 years old. Sanket forced everyone to take notice of his performance when he upset Junior National Champion Muna Nayak to win the Khelo India Youth Games title in Guwahati and Khelo India University. Gold medalist at the Bhubaneswar Games in 2020. Three-time national champion, Sanket recorded his best performances including Commonwealth records of 143kg in clean and jerk and 256kg in total, to secure first place in 55 kg at the Singapore International event in 2022. He will be a strong contender for a medal in Birmingham.
Gururaja (61kg); Age: 29; From: Udupi, Karnataka
Gururaja, an employee of the Indian Air Force, made his mark by winning the Commonwealth Championships gold medal in 56kg in 2016. He added a bronze medal in the same competition the following year and a silver at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast with a total of 249 kg. After rising to 61kg, the experienced lifter showed improved performance (265kg) and won a silver medal at the 2021 Commonwealth Championships. He will be among the medal contenders.
Jeremy Lalrinnunga (67 kg); Age: 19; From: Aizawl, Mizoram
Guided by his boxer father, Jeremy developed a taste for weightlifting from an early age. One of the weightlifting prodigies, Jeremy, a product of the Army’s Boys Sports Company, marked his class when he won the Youth Olympic Games gold medal in 62kg in Buenos Aires in 2018 Jeremy, who has won medals in top international age group events, finally made his mark at the elite level when he won the national championships in Kolkata in 2020. He struggled with injuries before getting his first gold medal at a senior international event, at the Commonwealth Championships in Tashkent in 2021.
Achinta Sheuli (73kg); Age: 20; From: Howrah, West Bengal
One of the country’s most promising talents, Achinta, who lost his father early, defied poverty to follow in his older brother’s footsteps and took up weightlifting. As he achieved eye-catching results in various age group competitions nationally and internationally, Achinta began to gain support from various quarters. He established himself as an elite weightlifter last year when he broke some national records to get a silver medal (with a total of 313 kg) at the world junior championships and later became the medalist gold of the Commonwealth championships (316 kg) in Tashkent.
Ajay Singh (81kg); Age: 25; From: Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan
Ajay is another experienced weightlifter who has been competing in top international events for several years. The army man, winner of the Maharana Pratap award from the Rajasthan government, has won a medal at the Commonwealth championships several times. He was the third man, other than Jeremy and Achinta, to win the 2021 Commonwealth title and qualify directly for the Birmingham Games.
Vikas Thakur (96kg); Age: 28; From: Ludhiana, Punjab
Vikas is one of the most experienced weightlifters in India’s Commonwealth Games team. A former Commonwealth Junior Champion and Asian Junior Medalist, Vikas made an impact when he won the elite 85kg title at the Commonwealth Championships in 2015. He added another feather to his cap by winning a bronze medal in 94 kg at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. . A Commonwealth bronze medalist at 96kg last year, Vikas, who works with the Indian Air Force, will be a medal hopeful in Birmingham.
Lovepreet Singh (109kg); Age: 24; From Amritsar, Punjab
Another weightlifter from Punjab, Lovepreet impressed everyone as a young weightlifter when he picked up a bronze medal at the Asian Junior Championships and a Commonwealth Junior Champion in 2017. He improved his performance to win the medal in silver in 109kg at the 2021 Commonwealth Championships. Lovepreet, who is employed by the Indian Navy, will try to fulfill his potential at the Commonwealth Games.
Gurdeep Singh (+109kg); Age: 26; From Ludhiana, Punjab
In the heavier weights, Gurdeep is another lifter giving hope to India. Gurdeep, who works with Indian Railways, won his first medal at senior international level when he took a +105kg bronze medal at the Commonwealth Championships in 2017. He missed out on a medal at the Gold Games Coast 2018 as he managed the fourth position. His third place, on the back of an improved clean and jerk (217 kg), at the Commonwealth Championships in 2021 should encourage Gurdeep.
Mirabai Chanu (49kg); Age: 27; From: Imphal East, Manipur
After proving herself in various age group events, Mirabai, who came from a modest background, caught the eye when she won a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She improved her total to win the 2017 world title and 2018 Commonwealth Games gold in 48kg. A bronze medal at the Asian Championships with a world record (119 kg) in the clean and jerk and her personal best of 205 kg made her a strong candidate for an Olympic medal. She rose to the occasion to total 202kg and won a silver medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and is well ahead of her rivals.
Bindyarani Devi (55kg); Age: 23; From: Imphal West, Manipur
Bindyarani has some similarities with Olympic medalist Mirabai as she comes from the same state. When the Sports Authority of India (SAI) center was closed due to Covid, Bindyarani trained under Mirabai’s first coach, Anita Chanu. Bindyarani made an impact in 2019 when she won the Commonwealth Championships title. She improved her performance from 185kg to 198kg but ended up with a silver medal at the 2021 edition of the Commonwealth Championships. She remains one of the medal hopefuls for the country.
Popy Hazarika (59kg); Age: 21; From: Sibsagar, Assam
Hailing from Namati in Sibsagar district, Popy took up weightlifting at an early age and trained at the Sports Authority of India center in Golaghat. Popy, who worked as a technician in Indian Railways, lifted 189kg to win the silver medal at the Commonwealth Championships in Tashkent in 2021. She secured a place at the Games thanks to her best placing. She raised her total to 195kg to win the national crown and boosted her medal chances in Birmingham.
Harjinder Kaur (71 kg); Age: 25; From: Patiala, Punjab
Harjinder, who won the 2021 national title by lifting 202kg, increased his total to 211kg to claim silver at the Commonwealth Championships. She qualified in the rankings and showed consistency in the national championships this year by totaling 208kg and retaining her crown in Bhubaneswar.
Punam Yadav (76 kg); Age: 27; From: Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh
A multiple Junior Asia Medalist and Commonwealth Junior Champion, Punam made headlines when she won a bronze medal at 63kg in her Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow in 2014. She went on to win the championship Commonwealth Games in 2015. Punam grew in stature as he grabbed the Commonwealth Games title at 69kg in 2018. Now at 76kg, Punam has already won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Championships and is looking forward to making it three. in a row at the Games.
Usha BN (87kg); Age: 27; From: Hassan, Karnataka
Usha, who had managed a third place with a total of 181kg at the national championships in Patiala in 2021, seized the opportunity when she was able to compete in the Asian qualification event in Singapore in February 2022. Indian Railways showed a significant improvement from the 208kg total to make it to the Commonwealth Games.
Purnima Pandey (+87kg); Age: 24; From: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Purnima, who has proven herself in youth and junior competition by winning medals at the Asian and Commonwealth Championships, has recently improved her performance. She won the national title in Patiala last year with an effort of 223kg and improved it to 229kg to win a gold medal at the 2021 Commonwealth Championships. She was the only Indian woman to achieve a direct qualification . Now, she will try to do better than her sixth place (212 kg) at the previous edition in Gold Coast.