CWG 2018: Truck driver’s son Gururaj gives India the first medal
India’s young weightlifter Gururaja won the first medal in 21st Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast. Gururaja took the silver medal with a total of 249 kg and gave the country the first medal. Ahmed Mahmood of Malaysia won Gold Medal, Sri Lanka’s Chaturanga Lakmal had to satisfy with Bronze Medal
Gururaja scored a total of 249
In the crucial weightlifting match, 24-year-old Gururaj scored a score of 111 in the snatch, while making a score of 138 in clean and jerk. He scored a silver medal for his total of 249. Ahmed, who won the Gold Medal, scored a total of 261. Ezharar scored 117 in the snatch, which is a new game record. In this case, he broke the record set by his compatriot Ibrahim in the 2010 Commonwealth Games played in New Delhi. Malaysian player in clean and jerk scored 144.. Sri Lanka’s Chaturanga Lakmal, who won bronze medals, scored 110 in snatch and 134 in clean and jerk.
Started his career in 2010
Gururaja originally belongs to Kundupara in coastal Karnataka. His father is a truck driver. He started weightlifting career in 2010. Gururaja initially had many problems in front of him. Diet and supplements are most needed in sports like weightlifting. They did not have the money for this. But his father did not give them courage to give up and encouraged his son to move forward. His family has eight people.
Gold at South Asian Games
Gururaja Pujari won gold in this category in the 2016 South Asian Games. Then they weighed a total of 241 kg. He also won gold in the Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championship in Penang this year, he weighed 249 kg (108 kg in snatch and 141 kg in clean and jerk).