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.
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.
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.