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22-year-old Madhusmita Baruah wins gold at international weightlifting tournament in Bahrain

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Madhusmita Baruah
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A farmer’s daughter from Assam, Madhusmita Baruah, won a gold medal at the 3rd International Strength Lifting and Incline Benchpress Championship in Manama, Bahrain. Hailing from a poor family, Madhusmita had to seek the help of the Nakachari Sports Association, Jorhat power-lifting Association, village authorities and locals, financially to compete at the event.

The 22-year-old student was delighted to have made Assam and India proud. She said, “I am very happy. I am happy that I have brought laurel for Assam and India at international level and also made my college proud,” she said.

Her father, Ganeshyam Baruah revealed that his daughter’s was interested in sports since childhood. He said, “I am very happy for her. She showed enthusiasm towards sports since childhood,” he said.

Mary Kom of Jorhat

Madhusmita was felicitated by the Jorhat College student union for her achievement. The Principal of Jorhat College said that Madhumita is their Mary Kom.

“I feel proud and happy to learn that one of our students Madhusmita has won a laurel at international level. She has been able to bag the gold medal recently in Dubai. We have already proclaimed her to be our Mary Kom,” said Principal of the Jorhat College, Devabrata Sharma.

This victory should not come as a surprise to everyone as Madhusmita Baruah had tasted success in 2014 at the 21st All-India Strength Lifting and Incline Benchpress Championship in West Bengal. Apart from that, she also won a silver medal at a national-level event held in West Bengal and a gold at the Inter-college Weight Lifting Championship held in Assam.

Madhusmita appealed to the state and central governments to support and help her compete in future reputed international tournaments with her most pressing concern being the International Championship in Tokyo, later this year.

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