Sargar, 22, from Maharashtra’s Sangli district lifted a total of 248kg, but was overtaken by Malaysia’s Mohd Anik bin Kasdan, who came from behind to lift 142kg in his third and final attempt in the clean and jerk. Taking his total to 249.
The Malaysian lifted 107kg in snatch and 142kg in clean and jerk for a Games record of 249kg. Sargar lifted 113 kg in snatch but could lift only 135 kg in clean and jerk. Sri Lanka’s D. Yodage won the bronze medal with a total of 225kg.
This could easily have been a gold medal for India as Sargar, who hails from a farming family, had made a great start in the snatch and took the lead. He looked under control after lifting 135 kg in his first attempt in the clean and jerk, but failed at 139 kg in his next two attempts, injuring his right arm during the second lift. He participated in the medal ceremony with his hand as an artist and would later go to therapy.
“I heard a snap during my second attempt in the clean and jerk and lost the weight. After that my coach took a look at my arm, it hurt a lot but I had to make the third attempt. I tried to secure the gold, But I couldn’t do that,” Sargar told the media with a silver medal around his neck.
Sargar said after his event, “I am very disappointed and angry because I lost the gold medal. I had worked very hard for the gold medal but unfortunately this injury stopped me from winning the gold medal.”
He said that he would dedicate his silver medal to the ongoing Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations in the country.
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