CWG 2022: Achinta Shivali wins gold

Achinta Shivali won gold in the men’s 73 kg event and a Commonwealth Games record. He lifted 170kg on his third attempt in the clean and jerk to add to his 143kg in the snatch for a total of 313kg.

Shivli, a junior world championship silver medalist, had three clean lifts — 137kg, 140kg and 143kg — in the snitch section.

His effort of 143 kg helped him break the Games record and better his personal best.

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Moving on to the clean and jerk with a five-kilogram advantage, the lifter from Kolkata started with a 166-kilogram lift, which he hoisted with ease.

Shivli then cleared his 170kg attempt on just the third attempt and set a new Games record with a total lift (313kg).

The Indian lifter had to wait patiently until the end to find out which medal he would take home as the Malaysian failed to lift 176kg in his last two attempts.

Achinta, a 20-year-old former tailor from Howrah district in West Bengal, started weightlifting in 2011 with her brother, who was also a former weightlifter. He later joined the Army Sports Institute in 2015 and continued to excel in the sport. In the same year 2015, he was brought on board in the Indian National Camp. He again trained at ASI in 2016 and 2017, after which he has been in the national camp since 2018.

Having lost her father at a very young age, Achinta’s mother Purnima Shivali always supported her to follow her passion for weightlifting and represent the country at the international level.

Achinta Shivali Date of Birth: 24/11/2001
Achinta Shivali Hometown: Howrah, West Bengal
Achinta Shivali Coach: Vijay Sharma

Success of Achinta Shivli:

  • 2021 Commonwealth Senior Championship gold medalist
  • 2021 Junior World Championship Silver Medalist
  • 2019 Commonwealth Senior and Junior Championship Gold Medalists
  • 2018 Asian Youth Championship Silver Medalist
  • Silver medalist at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Championships

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