Commonwealth Games 2022 weightlifting, live streaming: Spotlight on Mirabai Chanu, Jeremy Lalrinnunga - full schedule

India will look to continue their dominance in weightlifting in Birmingham when the event starts on July 30. Watch live!

By Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya

Indian weightlifters will be favourites at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK when the action starts at the NEC Arena on Saturday. India’s campaign will be spearheaded by Olympic silver medalist Mirabai Chanu, who will compete in the 49kg category.

India have been dominant in weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games with 125 medals (43 gold, 48 silver and 34 bronze), and are only behind Australia, who have 159. At Gold Coast 2018, India finished on top with nine medals, including five gold.

Mirabai Chanu, who won gold in the last edition, had a six-month break post the Olympics in 2021. She returned to action at the Singapore International Weightlifting tournament earlier this year. The ace lifter from Manipur won gold in the 55kg category to qualify for Birmingham 2022.

The Indian Weightlifting Federation wanted to field Mirabai in the 55kg category, Bindyarani Devi in 59kg, Poppy Hazarika in 64kg, and Jhilli Dalabehera in 49kg to increase the chances of winning more medals in the women’s section. Watch live streaming in India.

But the entry was rejected as the new rule states that only the top-ranked lifter in her category is eligible to compete at the CWG. Devi has been India’s best in the 55kg bracket. All the lifters dropped back a weight class, and as a result, Jhilli missed the bus.

Mirabai's personal best in her category is 207kg (88kg snatch and 119kg clean and jerk) which is higher than Nigeria’s Stella Kingsley (168kg; 72kg and 96 kg), who is the second-best lifter in the event.

India’s 15-member squad has four medalists, including Mirabai Chanu, from Gold Coast. Vikas Thakur, Guru Raja and Punam Yadav will also flex their muscles on the barbell.

Youth Olympic 2018 champion Jeremy Lalrinnunga (67kg) will make his CWG debut and is a medal contender in the absence of Pakistan’s Talha Talib, a bronze-medallist at the world championships.

Junior World Championships 2021 silver medallist Achinta Seuli (73kg) will pose a threat to Malaysia's Erry Hidayat. Both have a personal best of 316kg (143kg & 173kg).

Commonwealth Games 2022: Indian weightlifting team

Men: Sanket Sargar (55kg), Guru Raja (61kg), Jeremy Lalrinnunga (67kg), Achinta Sheuli (73kg), Ajay Singh (81kg), Vikas Thakur (96kg), Lovepreet Singh (109kg), Gurdeep Singh (+109kg).

Women: Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (49kg), S Bindyarani Devi (55kg), Popy Hazarika (59kg), Harjinder Kaur (71kg), Punam Yadav (76kg), BN Usha (87kg), Purnima Pandey (+87kg).

Commonwealth Games 2022 weightlifting schedule and live India match times

Saturday, July 30

Men’s 55kg (Sanket Mahadev) and men’s 61kg (Gururaja) - 1:30 PM IST

Women’s 49kg (Mirabai Chanu) - 8:00 PM IST

Sunday, July 31

Women’s 55kg (Bindyarani Devi) - 12:30 AM IST

Men’s 67kg (Jeremy Lalrinnunga) - 2:00 PM IST

Women’s 59kg (Popy Hazarika) - 6:30 PM IST

Men’s 73kg (Achinta Sheuli) - 11:00 PM IST

Monday, August 1

Men’s 81kg (Ajay Singh) – 2.15 PM IST

Women’s 71kg (Harjinder Kaur) – 11.15 PM IST

Tuesday, August 2

Women's 76kg (Punam Yadav) - 2:15 PM IST

Men’s 96kg (Vikas Thakur) – 6.45 PM IST

Women's 87kg (Bannur Natesh Usha) - 11:15 PM IST

Wednesday, August 3

Men's 109kg (Lovepreet Singh) - 2:15 PM IST

Women's +8 kg (Purnima Pandey) - 6:45 PM IST

Men's +109kg (Gurdeep Singh) - 11:15 PM IST

Where to watch Commonwealth Games 2022 weightlifting live in India?

Select weightlifting events at the Commonwealth Games 2022 will be telecast live on Sony SIX, Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 3 and Sony TEN 4 TV channels in India. Live streaming will be available on SonyLIV.

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