The 25-year-old woman from Mehs village near Nabha in Punjab took the competition with 93 in the snatch and 119 in the clean and jerk, lifting a total of 212 kg in the competition and at one point thought she would lose a medal as Alexis Went. Canada’s Ashworth, eventual silver medalist, lifted her season-best 123kg in the clean and jerk to score 214 in the standings.
Harjinder was also lucky as Joy Ogbon Eze of Nigeria suffered three attempts after failing to lift 125kg in clean and jerk. Since he had lifted 100 kg, seven kg more than Harjinder, the Indian would have slipped to the fourth spot if the Nigerian had been successful.
Harjinder’s bronze medal was India’s third medal at the Commonwealth Games on Monday with judokas Sushila Devi and Vikas Yadav winning silver and bronze. This took India’s total to nine medals – three gold, three silver and three bronze. Harjinder’s bronze medal was the seventh medal India has won in the weightlifting field so far at the Games.
However, it looked like India would be having a barren day in weightlifting after winning six medals in the last two days. Earlier in the morning, Ajay Singh lost the bronze medal by a kilogram and the way Harjinder started with no lift in his first attempt in the snatch, it looked like India suffered another setback in the final medal ceremony of the day. National/Exhibition Center (NEC) here.
Hailing from a farming family, Harjinder has built up her muscles by working on the chafing machine at home, she started with a weight of 90 kg for her first attempt but was unsuccessful. He lifted it in his second attempt and increased his weight to 93 kg in his third and final attempt.
This placed her fourth behind Sarah Davis (103 – Commonwealth Games record in snatch), Nigeria’s Edge 100 and Australia’s Kiana Rose Elliott, who had a total of 94. Alexis Ashworth was also in the mix after 91kg. 94 Failed to lift.
Harjinder waited for things to settle down in the clean and jerk and started with 113 in his first attempt, while Davis missed 120kg, as did Eze on 125. She rose to the top spot, but was soon pushed down / Sarah Davis lifted a 120 in her second. attempt. Like Ashworth, Harjinder succeeded on 116. EZ again failed to lift the 125.
Things got tough for Harjinder as he added three more kilograms to his total after lifting 119 in his third attempt, but Canada’s Ashworth went on to lift 123, thus finishing second with Davis’ 229 with 214 kilograms. reached at.
Had Nigeria’s Edge managed to lift 125 on her third attempt, her total would have gone up to 225, moving Harjinder to fourth.
Inspired by fellow lifters Mirabai Chanu, Poonam Yadav, Bindiya and a few male lifters, Harjinder finally managed to put up enough performance to claim the bronze medal.
“I am happy with Bronze as I didn’t have a good day today and I couldn’t perform to the best of my ability. Somehow things didn’t look good in the beginning but in the end luck favored me as there was a washout by one of the lifters.” Harjinder after the medal ceremony.
She said the support of her fellow lifters and the Indian audience in the crowd inspired her and encouraged her to continue.
“We all the lifters have a good friendship in the team and we all come to the stadium to support each other. When Mirabai attended her event I was there along with others to support her. So, It’s good to have your comrades shout out to you, encouraging you. Today it inspired me to put in the extra effort,” Harjinder said.
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