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CWG: Weightlifter Gururaja wins bronze in 61kg category

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Last updated on: July 30, 2022 23:01 IST
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IMAGE: Gururaja Poojary lifted a total of 269kg (118kg+151kg) to win the bronze medal in the men's 61kg category at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Saturday. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Weightlifter Gururaja Poojary clinched a bronze medal in the men's 61kg category at the Commonwealth Games, adding to India's tally in Birmingham on Saturday.

 

Gururaja, a sliver medallist at the 2018 CWG at Gold Coast, lifted a total of 269kg (118kg+151kg) to finish in the third place.

Malaysia's Aznil Bin Bidin Muhamad grabbed the gold medal with a Games record lift of 285kg (127+158). Morea Baru of Papua New Guinea bagged the silver with a total lift of 273kg (121+152).

It was India's second medal at the Birmingham Games after Sanket Sagar won a silver in the men's 55kg category.

Gururaj was placed fourth after snatch competition. He lifted 151kg in his final clean and jerk attempt to to seal the bronze with a total lift of 269kg, edging out Canada's Youri Simard (119kg).

Malaysian Aznil Bidin shattered two Games records lifting 127kg (snatch) and 158kg (clean and jerk) to successfully defend his 2018 CWG title with a massive lift of 285kg.

Papua New Guinea's Morea Baru won the silver lifting a total of 273kg (121+152).

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