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CWG 2022: India’s 2nd consecutive medal, Gururaja Poojary bags bronze in men’s 61kg category weightlifting

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Birmingham: Today is historic moment for India as its get its Second consecutive CWG medal on the second day of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022. After opening the account with weightlifting, India got another medal in the same event. This time India’s Gururaja Poojary bagged him. The 29-year-old weightlifter won the bronze medal in the men’s 61 kg weight category. Gururaja, who won a medal in the second consecutive Commonwealth Games, lifted a total of 269 kg. Gold in this category was won by Ajnil bin Muhammad, who lifted a total of 285 kg, setting a new record in the CWG.

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India did not get any medal on the first day of the Games on 29 July, but on the second day the weightlifters opened the country’s account. In the first 55 kg, 21-year-old Sanket Sargar started with a silver medal. He missed out on winning the gold by just one kilo. Then about 2 hours later, Gururaja Poojary won the second gold for the country.

Gururaja Poojary of Udupi district of Karnataka had earlier won a medal in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as well. Then he participated in the 56 kg category and won the silver medal. This time he changed the category and came in 61 kg, where the color of the medal may have changed from silver to bronze, but he did not return empty handed.

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Such was the performance in the last games
In the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Gururaja scored 111 in the snatch, and 138 in the clean and jerk. He won the silver medal scoring a total of 249. Malaysia’s Izhar Ahmed, who won the gold medal that year, scored a total of 261. Izhar scored 117 in the snatch, a new game record.

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