Indian weightlifter Harjinder Kaur claimed Bronze medal on Monday in the 71kg category at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The 25-year-old lifted 93kg in ‘Snatch’ category and was in the contention for Silver medal, but slipped significantly to 4th position after back-to-back impressive lifts from Alexis Ashworth of Canada, the eventual Silver medalist. Ashworth lifted her season’s best of 123kg in clean and jerk to improve her standings.
While Harjinder dropped to fourth position and was looking out of contention, she got luck enough as Nigerian Joy Ogbonne Eze had a brain fade moment due to which she failed in all her three attempts in ‘Clean & Jerk’ category. Eze had lifted 100kg, seven kilos more than Harjinder, but her disappointing performance was a blessing in disguise for the Indian wrestler. Harjinder’s medal was the third bronze for India at the Commonwealth Games.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann congratulated Harjinder on her feat and stated that she will be source of motivation for girls in Punjab. He further announced that Kaur will be rewarded with a prize money of Rs. 40 Lakh under the sports policy of the Punjab government. Taking to Twitter, Mann wrote, “She will be source of motivation for girls in Punjab. Congratulations to your parents and coaches too. Harjinder Kaur, a resident of Nabha, will be given a prize money of Rs. 40 Lakh under the sports policy of the Punjab government.”
राष्ट्रमंडल खेल -2022 में पंजाब की वेटलिफ्टिंग खिलाड़ी हरजिंदर कौर ने कांस्य पदक जीता..नाभा की रहने वाली हरजिंदर कौर को पंजाब सरकार की खेल नीति के तहत 40 लाख रुपए की इनाम राशि दी जाएगी…
हरजिंदर की ये उपलब्धि भविष्य में खिलाड़ियों, ख़ास तौर पर हमारी बेटियों को प्रोत्साहित करेगी…
— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) August 2, 2022
Meanwhile, the residents of Nabha celebrated the Harjinder’s performance as they grooved on music and distributed sweets in the neighborhood. Kaur’s brother Pritpal Singh reportedly expressed his delight and admitted its a proud moment for his family. “We all were confident that she would excel. Everyone in the family supported her in making a mark in this field,” said Pritpal.