India weightlifters continued to impress at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, adding two more gold medals to India’s medal tally. After Mirabai Chanu’s gold-medal heroics on Saturday, Achinta Sheuli and Jeremy Lalrinnunga on Sunday won twin gold in their respective categories, making it three gold medals so far in India’s CWG 2022 campaign. Sheuli, who is a Havildar in the Indian Army, was ecstatic about his achievement in maiden Commonwealth Games.
CWG 2022: Achinta Sheuli reveals his feeling post gold-medal feat
The 20-year-old weightlifter from West Bengal lifted an overall 313kg (143kg in snatch + 170kg in clean and jerk) to win the gold medal in his category. He also created a Commonwealth Games record by lifting 143kg in the snatch event. Shedding light on his record-shattering performance, Sheuli said, “I am happy with my medal but wanted to perform better. I missed out on my second attempt due to a little blackout, but overall I am happy with my performance.”
Achinta held the national record of 316kg, lifting 143kg in snatch and 173kg in clean and jerk events. However, he failed to match his own record and ended up lifting a total weight of 313kg at the Commonwealth Games. He said, “I believed that I could have broken my record but we were playing it safe during snatch because we had competition from the Malaysian athlete.”