Indian para-powerlifter Sudhir set a Commonwealth Games record to win a gold medal in the men’s heavyweight final. After lifting 208kg on his first attempt, Sudhir took the lead on his second attempt weighing 212kg. Despite failing to attempt 217kg in his third and final attempt, Sudhir managed to win the gold medal and also set a Games record with his total points of 134.5. This was India’s seventh gold at the ongoing Commonwealth Games. People from all walks of life took to Twitter and praised the Sudhir for winning the gold medal.
Here’s how the world reacted:
“A great start to the CWG 2022 para-sports medal count by Sudhir! He wins a prestigious gold and once again demonstrates his dedication and determination. He has consistently performed well on the field. Congratulations and best wishes to him for all the efforts ahead,” wrote Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter.
A great start to the CWG 2022 para sports medal count by Sudhir! He wins a prestigious gold and once again shows his dedication and determination. He always performed well on the field. Congratulations and best wishes to him for all the endeavors to come. pic.twitter.com/6V2mXZsEma
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 5, 2022
“Congratulations to Sudhir for making history by winning India’s first-ever gold medal in Para-Powerlifting at the Commonwealth Games,” tweeted former Indian batter Wasim Jaffer.
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) August 5, 2022
“Bahot badhiya Sudhir bhai! Congratulations on the gold medal and the new game record,” Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra tweeted.
Bahot Badhiya Sudhir Bhai! Congratulations on the gold medal and the new game record https://t.co/Tpg4AC1qZW
— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) August 4, 2022
“Sudhir opens India’s medal standings at #CWG2022. Congratulations on your gold medal in your first CWG. Another athlete from Haryana is making his mark on the world stage. With the display of skill and spirit on the mat today you have shown the world which champions were made,” Union Minister Anurag Thakur tweeted.
Sudhir opens India medal standings #CWG2022. Congratulations on your medal at your first CWG. Yet another athlete from Haryana impresses on the world stage. With the display of skill and spirit on the mat today, you showed the world what champions are made of. pic.twitter.com/5YKjUF6pMF
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) August 4, 2022
Spectacular Sudhir! You made India super proud by winning our first ever gold medal in para powerlifting and you did it by the #Commonwealth Games also include. Congratulations on an incredible achievement! #CWG2022 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/NjGoU5dc9f
— Anjali Bhagwat OLY (@Anjali__Bhagwat) August 5, 2022
Sudhir, who won a bronze medal at the Asian Para Games, has a disability due to the effects of polio.
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