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India get first medal of CWG 2018- Gururaja win silver in Men’s 56kg Weightlifting

Karnataka’s Gururaja Poojary gave India the first medal of 2018 Commonwealth Games by winning silver in the Men’s 56kg Weightlifting. The 26-year old, however, missed the gold medal as he twice failed to lift 138kg in the Clean and Jerk category. In the third attempt, he successfully lifted it and finished with a total of 249 points.

“After I failed the first two attempts, my coach reminded me how much my life depends on this. I remembered my family and my country,” he said when asked what went through his mind in those nervy moments.

Malayasia’s Muhammad Azroy Hazalwa. Izhar Ahmad won the gold by finishing with a new Games Record of 269. Chaturanga Lakmal of Sri Lanka won the bronze with a total point of 248.

An employee of the Indian Air Force, Gururaja was raised among poverty along with his seven other siblings. His father, who was a truck driver, always inspired him to do well in sports. After winning this medal, Gururaja is determined to give more joy to his family.

About Poulomi Kundu

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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