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Vikas Thakur – Indian Weightlifter

There are very few people who decide what they want to become and follow the same passion until they become extremely successful in that field.
Weightlifter Vikas Thakur is one of them.

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Early life

Vikas was born and brought up in Ludhiana, Punjab. Punjab has a sporting culture which encourages the young child to take up some sport. In a similar way, Vikas was encouraged by his father to take up weightlifting and that’s where the journey of Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist started.
The journey started when he was 9 years old.

Career

At the age of 19 he first represented India. His first major tournament in which he finished on the podium was 2011 Commonwealth Junior Championships in which he won a Silver Medal.
After this kick start in the career, Vikas never looked back and went on to win many medals for the nation.
He is an Indian Air Force personal and has been part of Punjab, Services and Air Force.

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Photo: Amar Ujala

Vikas is an Indian National Record Holder in the 94kg category. He also holds the National Games record in 85 kg category.

The Glory

The 2018 CWG Bronze Medal means a lot for Vikas and his family as the 94kg category was not at all easy and he had shifted from his comfort zone to this category.

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Photo: Times of India

At the age of 21, Vikas won his first CWG Medal in the 85kg category which was a Silver Medal.
When asked about 2014 CWG Silver Medal, his family states that the efforts Vikas had put in and the perfect guidance he received from his coaches raised the expectation bar and it paid of as he won the Medal.

Life Apart from Weightlifting

Being a sportsperson, people generally tend to do something else other than sports during their Gala Time.
He loves watching and following Athletics and Wrestling.
Usain Bolt is the one, Vikas Thakur admires a lot.
Being a Punjabi, fascination for Music is in his blood and he loves to hear Punjabi Songs.

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