Commonwealth Games 2022 weightlifting: Bindyarani Devi betters national record to win silver in women’s 55kg

Indian weightlifter Bindyarani Devi logged a personal best of 202kg to earn a podium finish at Birmingham 2022.

By Utathya Nag
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Indian athletes clinched podium finishes in all four weightlifting categories competed at the Commonwealth Games 2022 on Saturday with Bindyarani Devi capping off the successful night with a silver medal in the women’s 55kg category.

Earlier in the day, India’s Sanket Sargar (men’s 55kg) won silver, Gururaja Poojary (men’s 61kg) secured bronze and Mirabai Chanu (women’s 49kg) dominated her field to bag gold at Birmingham 2022.

The 23-year-old Bindyarani Devi, the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships gold medallist from 2019, lifted a total of 202kg (snatch – 86kg; clean and jerk – 116 kg) to earn her podium finish at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Solihull.

Adijat Olarinoye, the 2021 world championships silver medallist from Nigeria, expectedly won the gold medal with a total lift of 203kg (92kg+111kg), a new Commonwealth Games record. English national champion Fraer Morrow, meanwhile, delighted the home crowd by logging 198kg (89kg+109kg) to claim the bronze.

In the snatch section, Manipur’s Bindyarani Devi was successful with all three tries, logging 81kg, 84kg and 86kg, respectively, the last being a new personal best in snatch. The 86kg lift also saw her equal Mirabai Chanu’s snatch national record in the 55kg.

Trailing Olarinoye and Morrow heading into the clean and jerk section, Bindyarani Devi confirmed a medal for herself with a 110kg lift on her first try. She, however, failed with her second effort at 114kg.

A successful attempt at 116kg, a new personal best and clean and jerk national record in the 55kg, in her second attempt, however, saw Bindyarani Devi usurp Fraer Morrow of England with the very last lift of the competition to jump up to the silver medal place.

The lift also saw Bindyarani Devi better her own national record (198kg previously) for a total lift in women’s 55kg weightlifting.

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