India’s Sanket Sargar reigned supreme in the Final of Men’s 55kg weightlifting as he successfully lifted a total of 248 Kg and finished second on the list. Despite failing to lift in two attempts of the Clean and Jerk, Sanket finished in the top three courtesy of his clean lift in the Snatch round and the first attempt of the Clean and Jerk Round. Malaysia’s Mohamad Aniq won the gold medal while Sri Lankan lifter Dilanka Isuru Kumara won the bronze medal.
Mohamad Aniq lifted a total of 249kg (107kg+142kg) to snatch the gold medal from Sanket who lifted a total of 248kg (113kg+135kg). In the process, the Malaysian lifter also smashed the Games record in clean and jerk. Sri Lanka’s Dilanka Isuru Kumara lifted a total of 225kg (105kg+120kg) to finish in the third position.
Sanket Sargar cruised past all his opponents in the snatch section, leading by six kilograms to head into clean and jerk. He then started the Clean and Jerk round on a high too. The 21-year-old successfully lifted 135kg in his first attempt to take the top position. Sanket was leading the leaderboard all the way through and looked set to take the gold medal when he tried lifting 139kg in his second attempt.
But an injury prevented him as Sanket dislocated his elbow. He tried lifting the barbell once again after receiving some treatment but failed in the third attempt as well and also aggravated his injury. Meanwhile, Mohamad Aniq also failed his second attempt which meant Sanket remains at the top. However, the Malaysian then returned to lift a whopping 142kg to replace the Indian from the first position.
Nonetheless, Sanket opened India’s account as he bagged a silver. Notably, In the last edition, Indian lifters brought home a rich haul of nine medals including five golds. This year too they are expected to reign supreme.