Rio 2016: Weightlifters Sathish, Mirabai to paint India during Olympics

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New Delhi: Indian weightlifters Sivalingam Sathish Kumar and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu warranted a right to contest during a Rio Olympics in men’s and women’s weight categories respectively after commanding a preference trials.

Selection trials were hold in Patiala to select one lifter any from men’s and women’s difficulty opposite all weight groups after India had warranted dual share places for a Rio Games during Senior Asian Championships during Tashkent, Uzbekistan in April.

Sathish warranted a sheet for Rio after finishing on tip among masculine lifters with a sum of 336kg in 77kg weight division. He carried 151kg in waylay and 185kg in purify jerk.

File print of Sathish Kumar Sivalingam. AFPFile print of Sathish Kumar Sivalingam. AFP

File print of Sathish Kumar Sivalingam. AFP

Mirabai, meanwhile, was a best finisher among women competitors opposite all weight categories. She sum dual new inhabitant annals en-route to grabbing a Olympic berth in a 48kg category.

She bettered her possess record by 1kg in snatch, picking adult 85kg, while she equalled a record of N Kunjarani Devi (107kg) in purify jerk. In a process, Mirabai pennyless Kunjarani’s sum record of 190kg with a sum lift of 192kg.

The lifters for trails currently in any difficulty were comparison on a basement of their opening during 2012 London Olympics and World Rankings. The tip dual lifters in any group and women multiplication were picked after conducting trials in a participation of a preference cabinet of a Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF).

Government hopeful on a preference row Bhakti Singh was also benefaction during a trails.

During a Senior Asian Championships, Indian women lifters collected 100 points to finish third, while group warranted 129 points with a sixth-place finish, by a trait of that a nation had warranted dual quotas for a Rio Games.

Mirabai had come adult with a power-packed opening in Tashkent as good where she had crushed a inhabitant record in waylay with an bid of 84kg, equalling a inhabitant record in altogether lift with 190kg (106kg in purify jerk) en-route to seventh-place finish.

Kunjarani had compartment now hold a record of 190kg, that she had sum during 2004 Athens Olympics.

IWLF vice-president Sahdev Yadav pronounced if Mirabai Chanu can urge her opening by a integrate of kilograms in subsequent one-and-a-half months, she would mount a good possibility of a lectern finish during a Rio Games.

“We will safeguard that Mirabai works harder to urge by a integrate of kgs. If she manages to grasp that, she has a good possibility of winning a bronze award during Olympics,” Yadav told PTI.

The bronze medallist during 2012 London Olympics in women’s 48kg difficulty had a sum lift 192kg.

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