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Warm welcome:Sports lovers greeting S Chandrakala, who won medals at the Asian Junior Weightlifting Championship, at Vijayawada railway station on Saturday.
Warm welcome:Sports lovers greeting S Chandrakala, who won medals at the Asian Junior Weightlifting Championship, at Vijayawada railway station on Saturday.

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Wins a silver medal at Asian junior championship at Uzbekistan

First lifter from CBR Sports Academy to win international medal

She will take part in world junior championship at Sofia in June

VIJAYAWADA: Diminutive S. Chandrakala has made the city's weightlifting fraternity proud by bagging a silver medal in the 63-kg category in the Asian junior championship that concluded at Tashkent, Uzbekistan on April 14.

The 17-year-old girl, a trainee at Kethanakonda-based CBR Sports Academy, came out with an overwhelming performance in her maiden international mission by hauling 183-kg to finish second. She was given a tumultuous reception at the railway station when she arrived on Saturday. “This is a memorable day for the trainees of CBR Sports Academy, as for the first time a lifter had won an international medal. The academy has produced many national lifters, who brought glory to Andhra Pradesh,” said Andhra Pradesh State Weightlifting Association secretary P. Ravi Kumar.

Chandrakala, who hails from One Town, underwent the basic training at a gym under the supervision of K. Appa Rao, a veteran weightlifter and a body builder.

“It was Chalasani Balaram, chairman of the CBR Sports Academy, who identified the raw talent in Chandrakala and took her under his wings by admitting her in the academy. The academy gave her free equipment, kit, accommodation and also special diet to prepare for bigger challenges. She lived up to the expectations,” Mr. Ravi Kumar said.

“The cold weather in Uzbekistan was not conducive to a good performance. I could not adjust to the weather and also to the food,” said Chandrakala, who would be preparing for the world junior championship to be held at Sofia (Bulgaria) from June 3 to 6.

Chandrakala also figures among the core probables for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi in October. Along with Chandrakala, two more weightlifters – M. Santoshi from Vizianagaram and V. Prabhakar from East Godavari - brought laurels to the country by winning medals in the championship.

Sports Academy of Andhra Pradesh Regional Deputy Director G. Chinnaiah, District Sports Development Officer B. Sudhakar, Volga Archery Academy chairman Ch. Satyanarayana, Sports Authority of India athletic coach Vinayak Prasad and several sports lovers accorded a warm welcome to the medal-wining lifter.

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