STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Commonwealth Games 2018: Weightlifter Pardeep Singh claims silver 

Singh lifted a total of 352kg to claim the second spot after an exciting showdown with Mao.

Published: 09th April 2018 07:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th April 2018 08:03 AM   |  A+A-

By PTI

GOLD COAST: Indian weightlifter Pardeep Singh (105kg) came agonisingly close to a gold but eventually settled for a silver after a close contest with Samoa's Sanele Mao in the Commonwelth Games here today.

Singh, the reigning Commonwealth Championships gold-medallist, lifted a total of 352kg (152kg+200kg) to claim the second spot after an exciting showdown with Mao, which had the packed arena on its feet.

The 23-year-old went for 211kg lift, which would have been a new Commonwealth and Games record in clean and jerk, but could not pull it off in his final attempt.

"I have lifted a personal best of 215kg in the past but may be it wasn't my day," said the Games debutant, who was happy with a podium finish but a shade disappointed with the colour of his medal.

Mao also dropped his final attempt of 211kg but had managed to lift 206kg in his second chance.

He finished with a total of 360kg (154kg+206kg).

The bronze went to England Owen Boxall (351kg (152kg+199kg).

"Whatever happens is god's wish. It was meant to be a silver for me, so I ended up with that," he added.

His second attempt at 209kg was declared invalid by the jury despite getting the judges' nod. The jury felt his elbow had pressed out, making it a no lift.

"I don't know why it was declared invalid. As I said, perhaps it was meant to be a silver for me. Whatever happens, happens for a reason," the hint of disappointment in his tone hard to miss.

Prodded a bit about his initiation into the sport, Singh revealed that he started lifting bars at the age of 13.

"If you ask me about motivation, there was none, I was just pushed into it by my family. Probably because my uncle was into it," he said.

Indian weightlifters have so far claimed five gold, two silver and an equal number of bronze medals in the competition so far.

Stay up to date on all the latest Commonwealth Games 2018 news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp