Glory for India: Kapil and Anjana Clinch Bronze in Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship

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Kapil Sonowal of India won bronze in the 102kg category at the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships on Thursday. In the juvenile category, the 16-year-old heaved a total of 276kg (125kg + 151kg) to take third place.

On the seventh day of the tournament at the Gautam Buddha University Indoor Stadium, Sonowal also won bronze in the snatch class with a 125kg effort.

The Assamese lifter, who won juvenile gold at the Commonwealth Championships last month, might have earned bronze in the clean and jerk if he had lifted 157kg on his final try. Sonowal completed the most of the heavy lifting, elevating the 157kg barbell to a stationary position over his head.

Meanwhile, Iran was ecstatic when Abolfazl Zare and Kiani Shahvandi Abolfazl took the top two slots.

Zare won the gold medal in snatch, clean and jerk, and total lift with an effort of 348kg (158kg + 190kg), while Kiani took silver with an effort of 318kg (141kg + 177kg). Anjana Sreejith of India won bronze in the 81kg clean and jerk part in the first session of the day.

ing the bronze medal in the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships. | Photo Credit: SAI MEDIA

India’s Kapil Sonowal bagged a bronze medal in the 102kg event at the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships on Thursday.

Competing in the youth category, the 16-year-old heaved a total of 276kg (125kg + 151kg) to secure a spot on the podium.

Sonowal also won a bronze in the snatch division with an effort of 125kg, on the eighth day of the competition at the Gautam Buddha University Indoor Stadium.

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The Assamese lifter, who had won the youth gold at the Commonwealth Championships last month, could have clinched a bronze in the clean and jerk section as well, had he managed to lift 157kg in his final attempt.

Sonowal did all the hard work, raising the 157kg barbell to a stationary position above his head, but unfortunately could not hold on for the minimum required time.

Meanwhile, there was double delight for Iran as Abolfazl Zare and Kiani Shahvandi Abolfazl claimed the top two spots.

Zare clinched the gold medal in snatch, clean and jerk and total lift with an effort of 348kg (158kg + 190kg) while Kiani, who heaved 318kg (141kg + 177kg), won the silver medal.

In the first session of the day, Indian lifter Anjana Sreejith bagged a bronze medal in the 81kg clean and jerk section.

Sreejith, who was competing in the junior event, lifted 190kg (82kg + 108kg). The 18-year-old Indian weightlifter finished fourth overall.

Anamjan Rustamova of Turkmenistan reigned supreme as she lifted 228kg (103kg + 125kg), with Uzbekistan’s Nigora Suvonova finishing as the runner-up with a total effort of 206kg (90kg + 116kg).

Chinese Taipie’s Wang Hsin-Hsiu lifted 194kg (89kg + 105kg) to take home the bronze medal. India is hosting the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships for the first time

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