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5 Weightlifters that Changed the Fortunes of Indian Weightlifting

5 weightlifters that changed the fortunes of Indian Weightlifting:

1. Karnam Malleswari
2. Ravi Kumar
3. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
4. Sathish Sivalingam
5. Jeremy Ralte Lalrinnunga

Karnam Malleswari

She is the first Indian Women who has won an Olympic Medal. Not many will disagree to the fact that Karnam Malleswari was the one who showcased that even women can make the country proud.

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Photo: Sportstar – The Hindu

In 2000 she did the impossible by winning the Bronze Medal in the 69kg event. No one would have ever thought that India would win a medal in Weightlifting. From that moment Weightlifting gained importance in India and the path towards success was laid.

Personal BestTournament
Snatch1102000 Olympics
Clean & Jerk1302000 Olympics
Total2402000 Olympics

The 2004 Olympics was the last tournament Karnam played and thus she retired after that.

Ravi Kumar

The 31 year old can definitely be said as the next big thing after Karnam Malleswari.
Ravi Kumar took up weightlifting in 2007 and guess what! He won Commonwealth Games Gold Medal in 2010. He made a total of 321 in the 2010 Commonwealth Games Final in the 69kg category to clinch a Gold Medal.

Photo: Ravi Kumar; Instagram

Ravi Kumar won many state and national tournaments during the short span of 3 years between 2007 and 2010.

Personal Best69kgTournament
Snatch1462010 CWG
Clean & Jerk1752010 CWG
Total3212010 CWG
Personal Best77kgTournament
Snatch1422014 CWG
Clean & Jerk1752014 CWG
Total3172014 CWG

Ravi has also won a Gold Medal in the 2009 Commonwealth Championships.

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu

Padma Shri and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award winner Saikhom Mirabai Chanu has gone through extreme situations to reach where she is right now.
From collecting firewood from the hill to standing on the top position of the Podium in 2018 Commonwealth Games, her journey has been a tough one.

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Photo: Times Of India

If any female weightlifter after Karnam who raised the Indian Flag high up in prestigious tournaments would be Mirabai Chanu.

Personal Best49kgTournament
Snatch862019 Asian Championships
Clean & Jerk1132019 Asian Championships
Total1992019 Asian Championships

She competes in the 48kg category and also has a Silver Medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Sathish Sivalingam

The 26 year old has been extremely successful in his career so far. He has consecutive Gold Medals in 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Personal BestTournament
Snatch150Commonwealth Championships
Clean & Jerk1802017 World Championships
Total3292016 Olympics

Sathish Kumar Sivalingam competes in the 77kg category and India has high hopes from him in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Photo: Hindustan Times

He is supported by the GoSports Foundation through the Rahul Dravid athlete mentorship programme. He is also an Arjuna Award winner for his contribution in Weightlifting.

Jeremy Ralte Lalrinnunga

He is the next big thing of Indian Weightlifting.
At the age of 16 Jeremy won the Gold Medal in Youth Olympics and became the first ever Indian to do so.

Personal Best67kgTournament
Snatch1342019 Asian Championships
Clean & Jerk1632019 Asian Championships
Total2972019 Asian Championships

He is also a Gold Medal winner at the Commonwealth Youth Championships 2017 and Commonwealth Junior Championships 2017.

He is supported by the Indian Army for his training and career in Weightlifting.

Other young weightlifters who are going to be the stars of Indian Weightlifting are –

Achinta Sheuli
Ajay Shekhawat
 
Deepak Lather

All these young weightlifters are extremely hard working and dedicated.
We can definitely say that Indian Weightlifting is in safe hands.

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