Birmingham, Aug 05, 2022: India’s Sudhir won a historic gold medal in the men’s heavyweight para powerlifting and also scripted a Commonwealth Games record with is total points of 134.5. Sudhir lifted 208kg in his first attempt and then went into the lead with his second lift of 212kg.
The 27-year-old Sudhir, an Asian Para Games bronze medallist, has an impairment due to the effects of polio. He opened India’s para sports medal account in the ongoing CWG.
Ikechukwu Christian Obichukwu won the silver with 133.6 points, while Micky Yule bagged the bronze with 130.9 points.
Sudhir had won a bronze in men’s upto 88kg with a best lift of 214kg at the World Para Powerlifting Asia-Oceania Open Championship in South Korea in June.
Sudhir, who had started powerlifting in 2013 in Sonipat, has also qualified for Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games, which was postponed to next year.