Published: Sun, April 08, 2018

CWG 2018: Sathish Sivalingam bags India's third gold

CWG 2018: Sathish Sivalingam bags India's third gold

"I had no hopes of winning a medal after I injured my thighs during the National Championships while attempting 194kg in clean and jerk", Sathish was quoted by PTI.

The Gold Medal comes when politicos were demanding to boycott IPLChennai: By winning gold in Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast, Australia, for India in men's 77 kg weightlifting, Sathish Kumar Sivalingam appears to have brought cheers to Tamil Nadu which is lately found to be in high tempers over the Cauvery water issue. "I had not trained that hard and my body was not at its best, and so how could I hope for a medal", added the Tamil Nadu lifter. Talking to media after winning his medal, the 25-year-old later revealed that he was in so much pain because of a thigh injury that he did not even expect winning a medal. The two kept upping the weights before their attempts but Oliver kept his nose ahead at the end of snatch as he lifted 145kg in his second attempt. Venkat who started with 147kg in snatch could only manage an improvement of four kilograms as he failed in his second attempt. With this India's tally has gone up to 3 Gold, One Silver and One Bronze.

However, political leaders cutting across party lines, including M.K.Stalin, O.Panneerselvam, TTV Dinakaran, Kamal Haasan, lauded Sathish Kumar Sivalingam's achievement. The Indian registered a total of 317 kg which included 144 kg in snatch and 173 kg in clean and jerk.

"I didn't want to touch that level because I still need to undergo rehabilitation".

Sathish had snatched 149kg and 179kg in clean and jerk for a total of 328 for his maiden Commonwealth gold medal in Glasgow 2014, but was unable to improve upon that performance and it was quite understandable as he himself pointed out the reason before dedicating the medal to this parents. "I hope to do even better in the Asian Games because there is a gap now". "They are greatest source of the motivation I have to pursue this sport seriously", he said.

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