Weightlifter Gurunaidu Sanapathi becomes youth world champion

New Delhi: Gurunaidu Sanapathi has become India’s first weightlifter to win gold at the IWF Youth World Championships in Leon, Mexico.

The 16-year-old claimed the yellow metal with a total effort of 230kg (104kg + 126kg) in the boy’s 55kg event late Sunday night.

While Sanapathi, the bronze medalist of the 2020 Asian Youth Weightlifting Championships, topped the podium, Ali Majeed 229 kg (105 kg + 124 kg) from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia came in second and Yerassyl Umrov from Kazakhstan 224 kg (100 kg + 124 kg ) as a third.

In addition to Sanapathi, compatriot Soumya S. Dalvi took the bronze in her competition on the second day of competition.

Maharashtra’s Dalvi, a two-time gold medalist of Khelo India Youth, weighed 148kg (65kg + 83kg) to claim third place in the 45kg girls event, behind Rose J Ramos of the Philippines 155kg (70kg + 85kg) ) and Venezuela Kerlys M. Montilla 153 kg ( 71 kg + 82 kg).

The other Indian in the fight, R Bhavani, finished eighth with a best effort of 132kg (57kg + 75kg).

India’s total on the word event now stands at four medals.

On the opening day of the competition, Akansha Kishor Vyavhare and Vijay Prajapati had won silver medals in their respective events.

India had not participated in the previous edition of the tournament which was held last year in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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