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3 gold in 3 days and all in Weightlifting; India’s Sathish Shivalingam conquers Men’s 77kg

Sathish Shivalingam continued India’s gold rush in Weightlfting at the Commonwealth Games 2018.  Sathish defended his Glasgow 2014 gold in Men’s 77kg by winning this year’s medal with a total of 317kg.

Sathish clearly had edge over other competitors as he finished at the top position after the Snatch. He successfully lifted 136kg, 140kg and 144kg to give India a clear lead. In the Clean and Jerk, his nearest competitors like Jack Oliver of England and Francois Etoundi of Australa failed to lift all the three attempts. Sathish, thus, did not have to lift the third weight as he already got the gold after his first two attempts of 169kg and 173kg.

Sathish was born at Vellore in Tamil Nadu, to an an ex-serviceman who won gold medals at national level. He started Weightlifting early in his life and won gold in Glasgow 2014 with 149 kg Snatch and 179 kg Clean and Jerk lifts, totalling 328 kg. His lift of 149 kg in the snatch was a new Games record.

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PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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