Harshada Sharad Garud Became India's First Weightlifter to Win a Gold Medal at Junior World Weightlifting Championship

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On the first day of the IWF Junior World Championships 2022, 18-year-old Harshada Sharad Garud became India's first weightlifter to win a gold medal in the tournament. The championship is being held in Heraklion, Greece.

She finish on top of the podium after lifting 153-kg in the 45-kg weight category, which includes 70kg in Snatch and 83 kg in Clean and Jerk to.

The 70kg effort in snatch earned Harshada a top-of-the-podium finish while she was second-best in the clean and jerk section, behind Turkey's Bektas Cansu (85kg), who took the home the silver medal with an overall effort of 150kg (65kg+85 kg).

In the game, Bektas Cansu of Turkey bagged the silver medal while Teodora-Luminita Hincu of Moldova won the bronze medal.

Harshada had already won the 2020 Khelo India Youth Games under-17 girls' title and she bagged eight medals including seven golds at last year's Tokyo Olympics.

The other Indian in the field, Anjali Patel finished fifth overall in this tournament with a total effort of 148kg (67kg+81kg).

In the 2013 and 2018 editions of the game, Mirabai Chanu and Jhilli Dalabehera of India won the bronze medals respectively. Achinta Sheuli of India won a silver medal in the last year's tournament.

Since 1975, the World Juniors Weightlifting Championships is organised by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • At the ongoing IWF Junior World Championship-2022, Harshada Sharad Garud became India's first weightlifter to win a gold medal in the tournament. 
  • Previously, Mirabai Chanu and Jhilli Dalabehera of India won the bronze medals in the 2013 and 2018 editions respectively. Achinta Sheuli of India won a silver medal in the last year's tournament.
  • Harshada won the gold medal with a total effort of 153kg (70kg+83kg) in the women's 45kg category.
  • In the game, Bektas Cansu of Turkey bagged the silver medal while Teodora-Luminita Hincu of Moldova won the bronze medal.

   Facts to know:

  • IWF Junior World Championship-2022 is being held in Heraklion, Greece.
  • The World Juniors Weightlifting Championships was held for the first time in 1975.
  • International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) was established in 1905.
  • Headquarters of IWF: Lausanne, Switzerland.

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