V.S. Rao narrowly defeated Ramana to retain the men's 56kg title in the National weightlifting championships at Berhampur on Sunday.

Suspension lifted

Meanwhile, Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) has allowed Maharashtra and Delhi to participate in the championships after lifting the suspension on them.

“As per a new IWLF policy, adopted at a meeting in Arunachal Pradesh last month, we lifted the suspension on these units after collecting double fine from them.

“However, the suspended lifters belonging to these states have not been allowed to participate in the event,” said the IWLF Secretary, Sahdev Yadav.

The results: Men: 56kg: 1. V.S. Rao (SSCB) (snatch: 104kg, clean and jerk: 140kg, total: 244kg); 2. Ramana (AP) (106, 137, 243); 3. Ranjit Chinchwade (Mah) (105, 132, 237).

62kg: 1. Rustam Sarang (Chg) (116, 147, 263); 2. K. Ramesh Kumar (SSCB) (110, 147, 257); 3. D. Senthamizh Selvan (RSPB) (113, 143, 256).

Women: 48kg: 1. Ng. Soniya Chanu (U.P.) (72, 97, 169); 2. Kh. Sanjita Chanu (Man) (70, 90, 160); 3. Deepa Mahara (Utk) (56, 76, 132).

53kg: 1. Tikina Gopal (Odi) (77, 95, 172); 2. M. Santoshi (AP) (75, 94, 169); 3. Swati Singh (RSPB) (77, 92, 169).

58kg: 1. Minati Sethi (RSPB) (81, 107, 188); 2. Meena Kumari (Chd) (78, 102, 180); 3. M. Sunibala Devi (Man) (77, 95, 172).

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