Weightlifting Current Affairs

Ajay Singh wins bronze medal in Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships

India’s Ajay Singh has won bronze medal in the 2017 Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships held at Kathmandu, Nepal. He got third place in 77 kgs men’s junior category by lifting 143 kgs in snatch and 172 kgs in clean and jerk.

His win takes India’s medal tally to three in the championship. Earlier, S. Nirpupama Devi had won bronze in 69 kgs women youth category. Konsam Ormila Devi from Manipur had won gold medal in 44kg weight category.

Weightlifting

Weightlifting is an athletic discipline in the modern Olympic programme in which the athlete attempts a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates. The two competition lifts in order are the snatch and the clean and jerk.

Each weightlifter receives three attempts in each, and the combined total of the highest two successful lifts determines the overall result within a bodyweight category. Bodyweight categories are different for male and female competitors

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Weightlifter Deepak Lather wins gold in Commonwealth Youth Games

Indian weightlifter Deepak Lather won a gold medal in fifth Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) held in Apia, Samoa.

He won the medal the 62 kg category after finishing with a total of 258 kg with 120 kg in snatch.  He has created a new CYG record and 138 kg in clean and jerk.

It is second gold medal India has won in in weightlifting at this edition of CYG. Earlier, Jamjang Deru had won the gold medal in the 56 kg weight category on the opening day of the event.

In the fifth edition of Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG), India is being represented by 25 athletes competing in eight different disciplines out of total nine events.

About Commonwealth Youth Games

The games are a small-scale version of the Commonwealth Games. It has been designed for the youth of the 71 Commonwealth member countries.

It was for the first time in Scotland in August 2000 and since then it takes place every four year. India had hosted third edition of CYG in 2008 in Pune, Maharashtra.

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