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Services, Andhra claim top honours

Kirti Patil

SPECTACULAR EFFORT: Gurminder Singh of Police on his way to winning the +105kg gold. — Photo: R.V. Moorthy

YAMUNA NAGAR: Services men pushed Railways off the track while Andhra women maintained their sway as the two teams won team championships at the 58th men's and 21st women's National weightlifting championship here on Thursday.

Services lifters kept to the plan in the two heavyweight categories on the final day of the championship, while Railways' over-exuberance cost it heavily.

Maharashtra took advantage of the situation and edged ahead of the defending champion Railways.

Andhra pips Manipur

In the women's section, Andhra Pradesh, with 518 points, just about defended its title. Manipur (514) nevertheless showed it had a mine of women lifters despite institutional teams taking away the best of the lot. Police came third with 453 points.

Men's super heavyweight class brought curtains down on the five-day championship that saw just one new National record being set.

Police's Gurminder Singh tried a swipe at the oldest standing men's record of Dalvir Singh, but ended twitching his back when he hauled up 203kg in jerk.

In the plus 105kg, Gurminder cleared 190kg in his first attempt in jerk, but increased the weight to 203kg. Dalvir's record of 202.5 was set in 1999 at the Manipur National Games in Imphal.

Gurminder held the weight on his chest for a while but when he went for the jerk he ended twisting his back before dropping the load. He decided it was risky going for the third attempt.

Having lifted 150kg in snatch, Gurminder tied with Maharashtra's Samsher Singh on 340kg total, but his lower bodyweight, 113.05kg against 125.2kg, earned him the gold medal.

Services' G. Damodaran, who won in jerk by virtue of his lower bodyweight than Gurminder's, took the bronze with a total of 330kg.

Railways' plans go awry

In the men's 105kg, Railways' calculations went wrong when Sanjeev Nehra failed to clear any weight in jerk.

Nehra won the snatch with a lift of 146kg, but failed all three attempts with 168kg in jerk.

Madhya Pradesh's Bhagat Singh, who saved his best for jerk after finishing fourth in snatch with 140kg, took the overall gold with a total of 315kg. Jammu and Kashmir's Kulwinder Singh won silver with 310kg while S. K. Mawai (303) of Services took the bronze medal.

Commonwealth championship gold medallist, Geeta Rani of Police, won the women's plus 75kg class with a total lift of 228kg. Geeta, who topped snatch with 96kg, won the overall gold ahead of Romi Devi (201kg) of Haryana.

Arunachal Pradesh's R. Edwin, who won men's 56kg class beating international Vicky Batta, and Andhra Pradesh's Shailaja Pujari, the winner of women's 75kg category, were declared best lifters of the championship.

The results (read as snatch, clean and jerk, total):


105kg: 1. Bhagat Singh (MP) (140, 175) 315, 2. Kulwinder Singh (J and K) (141, 169) 310, 3. S. K. Mawai (Ser) (136, 167) 303.

Plus 105kg: 1. Gurminder Singh (Pol) (150, 190) 340, 2. Samsher Singh (Mah) (155, 185) 340, 3. G. Damodaran (Ser) (140, 190) 330.


Plus 75kg: 1. Geeta Rani (Pol) (96, 132) 228, 2. Romi Devi (Har) (86, 115) 201, 3. Sonia Prabha (Pun) (90, 90) 180.

Team championship:

Men: 1. Services 599 pts, 2. Maharashtra 478, 3. Railways 471.

Best lifter: R. Edwin (Arn)

Women: 1. Andhra Pradesh 518 pts, 2. Manipur 514, 3. Police 453.

Best Lifter: Shailaja Pujari (AP)

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