Achinta Sheuli settles for seventh place at Asian weightlifting meet

Competing in the 73kg category, the Indian weightlifter managed a total lift of 309kg in Tashkent. Shi Zhiyong lifted 363kg for the gold medal.

By Naveen Peter

India’s Achinta Sheuli finished seventh in the men’s 73kg weight division at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Tuesday.

Competing in Group B of the weightlifting competition, the Indian managed a total lift of 309kg (snatch 139kg + clean and jerk 170kg).

While Olympic champion Shi Zhiyong of China won the gold with a total of 363kg (169+194), Turkmenistan’s Maksad Meredov was second with a best of 336kg (147+189). Japan's Masanori Miyamoto came in third with 335kg (150+185).

Achinta Sheuli had the best lift in the snatch segment where he managed 139kg. 

But the former Commonwealth Championship gold medallist couldn’t build on his show in the clean and jerk. Clearing 170kg in the initial attempt, the Indian went for 174kg next but struggled to get a clean lift.

Kazakhstan’s Sairamkez Akmolda topped Group B with a total lift of 310kg (130+180). He finished sixth in the overall standings.

India, so far, has won two medals at the Asian meet with Jhilli Dalabehera clinching the gold in the women’s 45kg, a non-Olympic category, while the former world champion Mirabai Chanu won a bronze medal in the 49kg weight division.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Lalrinnunga failed to impress in the men’s 67kg category to finish eighth.

The two-time Commonwealth Games champion Satish Shivalingam will be in action on Wednesday in the men’s 81kg category.