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After Sakina Khatun’s bronze, Rajinder Rahelu clinches silver in powerlifting

Press Trust of India | Glasgow | Posted: August 2, 2014 8:44 pm | Updated: August 3, 2014 1:23 am

Indian powerlifters Rajinder Rahelu and Sakina Khatun clinched a silver and bronze medal, respectively, in men’s heavyweight and women’s lightweight (upto 61 kg) powerlifting competition at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Saturday.

Rahelu picked up a total of 180.5 kg to get the silver while Nigerian Abdulazeez Ibrahim clinched the gold with a lift of 197 kg. Malaysian Jong Yee Khie got the bronze with a lift of 178 kg at the Clyde Auditorium.

Earlier, Khatun did India proud by winning a bronze.

The Bangalore-born powerlifter finished behind Nigeria`s Esther Oyema (gold) and England`s Natalie Blake (silver).

The Indian lifted a total weight of 88.2 kilograms, while Esther lifted 136kgs and Natalie managed 100.2kgs.

Sakina, 25, gave India their first medal on day 10 of the competition with the nation still placed fifth in the medals tally with 54 medals, which include 13 gold, 25 silver and 16 bronze.

After winning the silver medal, Rahelu said, “I’m proud to be in Glasgow. I’m going to be calling my mum as soon as possible, she will be very happy for me.”

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