Continuing the good run of Indian weightlifters in 2018 Commonwealth Games, Satish Kumar Sivalingam won gold as he topped the charts in 77 kg weightlifting on Day 3 at the Gold Coast, Australia.
This was India’s third gold medal, fifth overall after as many as 4 medals – 2 gold, one silver and one bronze – were won on Day 1 and Day 2. Satish completed his snatch attempts with lifts of 136, 140 and 144 kg respectively, only behind Jack Oliver of England, who lifted 145 in his second attempt in the 77 kg category.
It was the clean and jerk section where Satish impressed the most. Starting with a successful lift of 169 kg and bettering it with a whopping 173 kg, he amassed a total of 317 kg. England’s Jack Oliver was closest to him with a cumulative attempt of 312 kg, followed by Australia’s Francois Etoundi, who had even injured himself in the clean & jerk lift.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games’ gold medal-winner, Sathish, had qualified for 2018 CWG Gold Coast after winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championships in Australia. He had confirmed himself a Rio Olympics berth after topping the selection trials in India, lifting a total of 336 kg, comprising of 151 kg in snatch and 185 kg in clean and jerk. In Rio, however, he finished fourth in his group and 11th overall, having lifted 148 kg in snatch and 181 kg in clean and jerk for a total of 329 kg.
Sathish was born to a former serviceman, who was national level weightlifter himself. His father, Sivalingam, brought a premature end to his Army career and started working as a security guard at Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) University to make ends meet. Under his father’s tutelage, Sathish started training at the age of 13 and was later enrolled in the Atlas Weightlifting Training Centre where he underwent rigorous training. Sathish’s heroics means that India’s underwhelming history in Men’s weightlifting is about to change.