CWG 2022: Sudhir Wins Gold in Men's Heavyweight Para Powerlifting with a Games Record

Sudhir set a Commonwealth Games record with 134.5 points to win gold in the men's heavyweight division of Para Powerlifting.

At the Commonwealth Games here on Thursday, India's Sudhir won the gold medal in the men's heavyweight para powerlifting competition. In his first attempt, Sudhir, an Asian Para Games bronze medalist, lifted 208 kg; however, in his second attempt, he increased the weight to 212 kg to score 134.5 points and break the Games record.

The 27-year-old Sudhir, who suffers from a polio-related disability, thereby started India's medal count in the CWG's para sports competition. Ikechukwu Micky Yule took home the bronze with 130.9 points, while Christian Obichukwu earned the silver with 133.6.

The World Para Powerlifting Asia-Oceania Open Championship was held in South Korea in June, and Sudhir took home the bronze medal in the men's up to 88 kg division with a best lift of 214 kg. Sudhir, who began powerlifting in Sonipat in 2013, has also qualified for the Asian Para Games in Hangzhou in 2022, which have been postponed to the following year.

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