Heavyweight Lovepreet Singh adds bronze to India’s weightlifting tally

When Australian weightlifter Jackson George Roberts-Young increased the weight on the barbells to 211kg in his third attempt in the clean and jerk category of the men’s 109kg division at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Wednesday, was his goal is a podium finish.

A successful lift would have allowed him to move up from fifth to third place. It could have spoiled India’s party as well, as Lovepreet Singh was a strong contender for a bronze medal, totaling 355kg.

The 211 kg was nine kilograms more than Roberts-Young’s second attempt of 202 kg. Since the Australian could not lift 211 kg, the Indian camp breathed a sigh of relief. Roberts-Young ended up fifth.

The Indian lifter made a few calls at home to family and friends and broke the news of the bronze medalist performance in a hard-fought field. Even before the award ceremony began, Singh was busy with his mobile phone.

The Indian lifter started his medal fight with 157 kg on the barbell for his first attempt in the snatch category. He successfully lifted 161 kg on his second attempt and also managed 163 kg on his last lift.

Some lifters are generally good in the snatch category, while others are better in the clean and jerk event. A total of both categories decides on the winner. Each competitor has three attempts in the snatch event and the same number in the clean and jerk event.

After completing the snatch event, Singh’s overall performance brought him closer to the bronze medal.

Congratulations to the talented Lovepreet Singh on winning the bronze medal in the men’s 109kg weightlifting. Young and dynamic, Lovepreet has impressed everyone with his calm temper and dedication to the sport. I wish him the very best in all future endeavors.

The Indian coaching staff planned the starting lift for Singh in the clean and jerk event well in advance to keep him in contention for a medal.

Singh made no mistake lifting 185kg on his first clean and jerk attempt. The second elevator was increased by four kilograms. The Indian lifter managed to pass the test, increasing the weight to 192kg on his final lift.

It was a litmus test for Singh. A good lift would have earned him a bronze medal, while an unsuccessful lift would have spoiled his placement.

Before stepping onto the platform, Singh took a deep breath, eyes fixed on the dumbbells. When he successfully lifted 192 kg in the clean-and-jerk competition, there was cheering in the Indian camp. Singh’s total weight at this point was 355 kg.

Meanwhile, the gold medal was hotly contested between Cameroon’s Junior Periclex Ngadja Nyabeyeu and Samoan’s Jack Hitila Opeloge. But it was the Cameroonian lifter who took home the gold medal, totaling 361kg. He lifted 160 kg in the snatch event and 201 kg in the clean and jerk event.

Opeloge’s total score of 358 kg earned him silver. His best lift in the snatch event was 164 kg while he lifted 194 kg in the clean and jerk category.

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Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee Heavyweight Lovepreet Singh adds bronze to India’s weightlifting tally

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