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Rakhi Halder wins gold medal at the Women’s National Weightlifting Championship

On February 6, 2020, Rakhi Halder of West Bengal won Senior Weightlifting Championship. She bagged gold medal in the 64 kg category at the 35th National Weight lifting Championship held in Kolkata.

Highlights

Halder lifted 117 kg in clean and jerk and 93 kg in snatch to win the medal. She was 10 kgs ahead of her rival Harjinder Kaur from Chandigarh.

Rakhi Halder

Rakhi Halder ranked 19th in the Olympic qualifier list. Her best was 218 kg at the Qatar International Cup that won her a bronze medal. In 2019, she clinched gold medal at the Commonwealth Championship lifting 214 kg. Halder is a Railway employee.

Weightlifting

The sport of weightlifting is related to the strength and technique of a player. A good weightlifter will lift three times their weight.

There are two techniques in weightlifting. They are Snatch and Clean & Jerk. Snatch is lifting the load above the head. Clean and Jerk is lifting the load in two steps. The rule is to bring the weight above the head and hold the weight upright.

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India win historic gold at 2019 Junior Track World Cycling Championship

Indian men’s cyclist team created history by clinching the Team Sprint gold medal at World Junior Track Cycling Championships in Frankfurt, Germany. The team comprised of Esow Alben, Ronaldo Singh, James Singh and Rojit Singh. This is India’s 1st-ever gold in a global cycling competition.

Key Highlights

This is India’s historic 1st gold win at a world cycling event, senior or junior.

In first round of men’s team sprint, India clocked fastest time at 44.764 seconds, beating China’s time of 46.248s.

To claim the top honours, Indian cyclist team defeated Australia in final, clocking 44.681 seconds in gold medal race. Great Britain took bronze home.

Currently, the Indian men’s junior team is ranked No. 2, behind Malaysia

In individual Men’s Keirin Event at World Junior Track Cycling Championships in Frankfurt, Esow Alben of India won bronze medal by finishing behind Greece’s Konstantinos Livanos who won gold and Australia’s Sam Gallagher who won silver.

Esow Alben: At present, Esow Alben, the cycling star from Andaman and Nicobar Islands is top-ranked junior cyclist in world in sprint and keirin events. In 2018, he had become 1st Indian to win a medal at the Junior Track Cycling World Championships when he won silver in men’s Keirin event.

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