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Harjinder Kaur added another medal to the Indian weightlifting contingent by winning bronze in the women’s 71kg weightlifting on day four of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, taking India’s medal tally to nine.
Its total weight was 212 kg. After his efforts, Kor was out of the medal race but a huge drop by gold medal favorite Joy Ogbon Eze, who failed to register a lift in the clean and jerk, meant Kor won the bronze medal. . England’s Sarah Davies won gold with a Commonwealth Games record of 229kg, while Canadian teenager Alexis Ashworth won silver with 214kg.
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Harjinder failed in her first attempt at 90kg but came roaring back with a total of 183kg in her next two attempts – 90kg and 93kg snitch. After being stripped, Kaur was placed fourth behind England’s Davis, Nigeria’s Ogobon and Australia’s Kiana Elliott. In the clean and jerk, he started with a big lift of 115 kg and built it up like a rule. Under pressure, Kaur extended his next lift to 116kg to finish off another effort and then extended his lead with a final lift of 119kg for third place, but Ashworth’s final lift of 123kg gave the Indian Eliminated from the medal race. However, Ogbon’s meltdown meant that India got their 9th medal.
Harjinder started weightlifting in the year 2016 at Punjab University. Her father works as a farmer in Punjab and is the sole breadwinner in the family. He was inducted into Indian National Camp Patiala in August 2021. He won the 2021 Commonwealth Senior Championship silver medalist.
It was India’s third medal on the fourth day after judokas Sushila Devi (silver – women’s 48kg) and Vijay Kumar Yadav (bronze – men’s 60kg). The weightlifting contingent has so far added a bronze to six medals – including three golds (Meerabai Chanu, Jeremy Lalranunga and Achinta Shivali), two silvers (Sanket Mahadev Sargar, Bidyarani Devi) and one bronze. Tamgha (Gururaja Pooja) is included.
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