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Bhubaneswar: Celebration is on among the sportspersons and young aspirants of the State after Indian weightlifter K Ravi Kumar Katul, who hails from Odisha’s Berhampur city, bagged the silver medal in men’s 77kg event at the Commonwealth Game in Glasgow.
“I am much happy with silver medal. But I would have got more pleasure if he had won gold”, Ravi’s mother said.
Along with the young Odia weightlifter his compatriot Satish Sivalingam scripted history in just his debut Commonwealth Games, breaking the Games record en route to a gold medal.
The 22-year-old Satish, the 2013 Commonwealth Championships gold medallist, lifted a total of 328kg (149+179) to pip the 2010 CWG gold medallist Ravi, who had to be content with a silver medal following an effort of 317kg (142+175).
Both Ravi and Satish performed tactically and began their snatch after most of the other competitors had made their three attempts by keeping the starting weight at 142kg.
Satish was the first of the two Indians to come out and he easily lifted 142kg but Ravi Kumar failed to do so at the same weight. Ravi, however, had a clean lift of 142kg in his second attempt.
England’s Jack Oliver then set the tempo for a keen contest as he lifted 142kg in his second attempt but failed to clear 145kg in his third.
Satish made another clean lift of 146kg before Ravi made an unsuccessful attempt to go ahead by trying 147kg.
With one lift left for him, Satish went for 149kg in his attempt to break the Commonwealth Games record and he did it yet again in style and punched in the air in delight.
In clean and jerk also, Satish and Ravi followed the same script as they began their attempts by keeping the starting weight high.
This time though, Ravi came out ahead of Satish and he lifted 175kg straightaway to jump to the top before Etoundi was successful in his attempt of 177kg to place himself in second spot.
Satish came out and thought he had lifted 178kg but the judges ruled that it was a no-lift. Not to be bogged down by the decision of the judges, Satish went for 179kg and he lifted it to regain the top spot.
Ravi went for 185kg in his second attempt but was unsuccessful and that ensured gold for Satish. He attempted 186kg in a bid to break the Games record in total lift but failed to do so. (With PTI input n Odisha Reporter)