Asian Championship: Lifter Achinta Sheuli finishes second in men’s 73kg group B

April 21, 2021

Asian Championship 2021

Indian weightlifter Achinta Sheuli finished second in the 73kg group B competition at the Asian Championship in Chennai on Tuesday.

The Commonwealth Championship gold medallist lifted 309kg — 139kg in snatch followed by 170kg in clean and jerk.

The Indian had the best snatch lift (139kg) in the four-man field. However, he failed to lift 174kg in his final clean and jerk attempt which would have seen him top the group.

Kazakhstan’s Sairamkez Akmolda 310kg (130kg+180kg) finished first in the group.

Achinta’s final standing will be determined after the end of the group A proceedings.

India has won two medals in the ongoing continental event. Ace weightlifter and former world champion Mirabai Chanu and Odisha’s Jhilli Dalabehera bagged the bronze and gold medals respectively last week.

Olympic-bound Mirabai smashed the world record in the women’s 49kg clean and jerk en-route her bronze. She lifted 86kg in snatch before setting a new world mark of 119kg in clean and jerk for a total of 205kg.

While Jhilli, a junior world championship bronze medallist, took home the gold in the women’s 45kg event, which though is a non-Olympic category.

The Asian Weightlifting Championships is a gold level qualifying event of the Tokyo Games. The points gathered from this event will come in handy when the final rankings for the Olympics are made.

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