Seram Nirupama maintained India’s momentum of winning medals as she has won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship 2017, Gold Coast City in Australia. The weightlifter from Manipur lifted 77kg in junior women’s 69kg and 101kg in clean & jerk. Her total lift of 178kg made her champion in the weight category.
Recently, Seram Nirupama also won three bronze medals in the 19th Asian Youth (Boys & Girls) Weightlifting Championships 2017, Nepal by lifting 79kg in snatch and 99kg in clean and jerk for a total of 178kg to win the bronze in the 69kg youth girls’ category.
Manipur’s young lifters did not stop here as Arambam Anju also won a medal for India. The 16-year old Anju lifted 73kg in snatch and 94kg in clean & jerk for total lift of 167kg in youth girl’s 75kg weight division to win a silver medal.
So far six women lifters from Manipur have won medals in the competition. Konsam Ormila won gold medal in youth girl’s 44kg category on the opening day of the championships. This was followed by Olympian Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu who clinched gold medals in senior women’s 48kg and 53kg categories. on day three of the competition,
Potshangbam Umeshori bagged two silver medals in the youth girl’s and junior women’s 63kg category.
India could display a superb performance in the current championship when Kojum Taba defended his junior men’s 94kg title and created hat-trick after winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship 2017. He had earlier won gold medals in Junior Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship of 2015 and 2016 editions held in India and Malaysia respectively.
Meanwhile, India’s Sivalingam Sathish Kumar and Ragala Venkat Rahul qualified for next year’s Commonwealth Games after winning gold medals in their respective weight divisions
Sivalingam Sathish Kumar who won 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal lifted 148kg in snatch and 172kg in clean & jerk for a total effort of 320kg in senior men’s 77kg and booked for Commonwealth Games 2018.
Ragala Venkat created several new records en-route to his standout total lift of 351kg (156kg in snatch and 195kg in clean & jerk) while competing in both junior and senior men’s 85kg categories.