Powerlifter Rajinder Rahelu wins silver for India at Glasgow CWG

Rajinder Rahelu
Rajinder Rahelu

Glasgow, Aug 3 (IANS): Indian powerlifters Rajinder Rahelu stole the limelight on the penultimate day of the 2014 Commonwealth Games winning the silver medal in his event here Saturday.

Rahelu, whose legs were affected with polio, stood second in the men's heavyweight category at the Clyde Auditorium. Rahelu picked up a total of 180.5 kg to get the silver while Nigerian Abdulazeez Ibrahim clinched the gold with a lift of 197 kg. Malaysian Jong Yee Khie got the bronze with a lift of 178 kg.

Earlier, Sakina had won the bronze in the women's lightweight (up to 61 kg) category, which was the first medal of the day. Sakina lifted a total weight of 88.2 kg to finish third.

Esther Oyema (136 kg) of Nigeria took home the gold while England's Natalie Blake took home the silver with a 100.2 kg lift.

But there was disappointment from para powerlifter Farman Basha, who failed to finish in men's lightweight group B. Farman's first lift of 145 kg was declared 'no lift' while his second attempt of 147 kg was a 'good lift', after which he pulled out.

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