Kathmandu, July 28: India’s Ajay Singh on Thursday clinched the bronze medal in Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships at Kathmandu. Ajay got third place in 77 kgs men’s junior category by lifting 143 kgs in a snatch and 172 kgs in clean and jerk.
Notably, Ajay’s win takes India’s medal tally to three in the championship. Earlier, on Wednesday S. Nirpupama Devi had won bronze in 69 kgs women youth category. While Konsam Ormila Devi from Manipur had won a gold medal in the 44kg weight category.
However, on the last day of the championships today, Kosum Taba will compete in 94 kg men junior category and Lovepreet Singh will take part in 105 kg men junior category. Concluding ceremony will be held tomorrow.
Interestingly, Weightlifting is an athletic discipline in the modern Olympic programme in which the athlete attempts a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates. The two competition lifts in order are the snatch and the clean and jerk.
Each weightlifter receives three attempts in each, and the combined total of the highest two successful lifts determines the overall result within a bodyweight category. Bodyweight categories are different for male and female competitors.