Achinta Sheuli wins silver at World Junior Weightlifting Championship

Tashkent, May 26 Indian lifter Achinta Sheuli produced his personal best in all three events to clinch an overall silver medal in the 73kg category at the Junior World Championship here on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old lifted 313kg — 141kg in snatch, followed by 172kg in clean and jerk — at the gold level Olympic qualifier event.

The Commonwealth Championship gold medallist bettered both his earlier personal best in snatch and clean and jerk by two kilograms each. He had lifted 309kg (139kg+170kg) at the Asian Championships here last month.

Indonesia’s Juniansyah Rizki 349kg(155kg+194kg) put up a spectacular performance, breaking the junior world record in all three events to win the gold medal, while Russia’s Serobian Gevorg 308kg (143kg+165kg) took home the bronze.

Achinta effortlessly lifted 137kg in his first snatch attempt only to falter in his second try of 141kg.

However, the Indian made amends as he successfully lifted 141kg in his third and final attempt to grab the bronze medal in the event.

Medals are awarded separately for snatch, clean and jerk, and total lift in continental and World Championships. But, just one medal — for total lift — is awarded in the Olympics. In clean and jerk, Achinta looked in command from the beginning. The teenager successfully hoisted the barbell in all his three attempts to seal a spot on the podium.

On Tuesday, Youth Olympics gold medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga, the other Indian in the fray, finished fourth in the 67kg category, winning a silver medal in the snatch event. New source PTI


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