Anuradha finishes seventh at Asian weightlifting meet

The Indian lifter struggled to get into a rhythm, managing a total weight of 201kgs. India ended the championship with two medals, including a bronze for Mirabai Chanu.

By Naveen Peter
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India’s P Anuradha finished a lowly seventh in the women’s 87kg event at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Saturday.

The 28-year-old Indian managed to lift a combined weight of 201kg (91kg snatch + 110kg clean and jerk), ahead of only Mongolia’s Oyunbayar Bat-Orgil.

World champion Wang Zhouyu of China took the top spot with 286kg (126+160) while her compatriot Kang Yue finished second with a combined lift of 273kg (118+155). Ankhtsetseg Munkhjantsan of Mongolia completed the podium lifting a total weight of 247kg (111+136).

Anuradha, who rose to prominence following her gold medal-winning run at the 2019 Commonwealth Championships, was off to a tough start as she faltered in her opening attempt in snatch.

Though she did well to clear 91kg in the second go, a ‘no lift’ at 95kg in the third made her life difficult going into the clean and jerk segment.

The Indian was off to a fine start in the second half of the competition, clearing 110kg in her first attempt. But a faulty execution in the second with the barbell weighing 115kg saw her fail to manage a clean lift. She withdrew from her final attempt.

India had a mixed outing at the Asian meet, which will conclude on Sunday.

Olympic hopeful Mirabai Chanu enjoyed a fruitful outing, setting a clean and jerk world record en route to winning a bronze medal in the women’s 49kg weight class.

But 18-year-old Jeremy Lalrinnunga, another Tokyo aspirant, finished eighth in the men’s 67kg category.

Meanwhile, Jhilli Dalabehera won the gold in the women’s 45kg weight division, a non-Olympic category.