'Ragala Venkat Rahul' won India`s fourth gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in men's 85kg title. He also became the first Indian to win gold in the 85kg weight category at the Commonwealth Games.
In a thrilling final, 21-year-old Rahul lifted a total weight of 338kg (151 + 187) in the men's 85kg weightlifting event. The total weight of 338 kg proved to be comfortable for Rahul, to hand India its 4th gold medal in CWG 2018.
India always had high expectations from young Rahul. They were hoping for him to deliver where it mattered the most. Rahul, by beating Samoa's Don Opeloge won another gold medal for India.
Rahul made a lot of Indians proud and gave a reason to cheer. But who exactly is RV Rahul and how did he make it to the Commonwealth Games 2018?
Let's take a look at the journey of RV Rahul to the gold medal:
RV Rahul's background before entering CWG 2018:
RV Rahul, born in Stuartpuram, Andra Pradesh was always a promising competitor. In the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, he clinched the silver medal.
He showed his potential at the 2017 Commonwealth Senior weightlifting championship by lifting the weight of 351kg (156 + 195). He qualified directly for 2018 Commonwealth Games by winning gold during the 2017 Commonwealth Senior weightlifting championship.
With this winning background, India had a lot of expectations from Rahul.
The final - As it happened
In the snatch event, Rahul showed his talent by lifting 147kg in his first attempt. Rahul tried to lift 151kg in his second attempt but failed. Without losing any confidence he successfully lifted 151kg in his third and final attempt of the snatch event. His lift of 151kg assured him the joint-top spot in the snatch event with Samoa's Don Opeloge.
He continued his form by lifting 182kg in the first attempt of clean and jerk. The attempt of 182kg made Rahul jump to the top spot in standings. He successfully lifted 187kg in his second attempt to take his total to 338kg.
Rahul's total of 338kg was enough to bring another gold to India as Samoa's Don Opeloge failed to pick 191kg in his third attempt. That unsuccessful lift kept Opeloge's total at 331kg (151 + 180). By surpassing Opeloges's total by 7kg, Rahul locked his position at the top of the table.
The final standings were as follows:
#1 IRV Rahul of India (151 + 187 = 338)
#2 Don Opeloge of Samoa (151 + 180 = 331)
#3 Muhammad Fazrul Azrie of Malaysia (145 + 183 = 328).