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Sathish Sivalingam Wins India’s Third Gold Medal in Commonwealth Games 2018

Apr 07, 2018

Sathish Sivalingam Wins India’s Third Gold Medal in Commonwealth Games 2018
Sathish Sivalingam Wins India’s Third Gold Medal in Commonwealth Games 2018 | Credit: Indian Express

There is another feather in India’s cap. Sathish Kumar Sivalingam has won the Gold in men's 77-kg category In Commonwealth games 2018 in Gold coast with a total lift of 317 kg (144kg snatch+173kg clean and jerk) by overthrowing his most challenging rival Jack Oliver from England. He did not even require a third attempt to prove his domination. The 25-year old weightlifting champion made impressive lifts worth 136kg, 140kg and 144kg.

He awed the audience in the clean and jerk segment by a successful lift of 169 kg and increasing it up to 173kg. The next closest move was by England's Jack Oliver who won the silver medal with a combined effort of 312 kg. Australia's Francois Etoundi hit the bronze by making the lift up to 305kg. Unfortunately, the Australian champion tore his left bicep after the final lift.

Early this morning, Sathish Kumar Sivalingam gave a golden start by bagging India its third Gold medal following Mirabai Chanu and Sanjitha Chanu who had brought glory to their homeland on Day 1 and 2. He has added the fifth medal to India’s kitty including the silver medals. Sathish Kumar Sivalingam nailed his entry into Weightlifting arena by lifting169kg in his first clean and jerk attempt.

He catapulted himself by adding four kilos more in his second try and imposed a very strong pressure on his rival Oliver. The England-based gym owner tried to fight back but failed to make up to 171kg on his two successive attempts. Sathish Kumar Sivalingam, with his 173 kg lift in his second chance, established his victory over other weightlifters and confirmed his Gold medal for India.

A lot of sports stalwarts like Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and many others congratulated Sathish Kumar for his stupendous victory in Commonwealth games despite suffering from the hamstring injury. The first citizen of India and other political figures expressed their felicitation on Twitter by commenting on Sathish’s achievements. His gold has placed his country in the list of top three rank holders in Commonwealth games 2018.

Sathish’s other feats

Winning gold is not something new to our Railway clerk cum Weightlifting champion. He is the winner of Inaugural Mahindra Scorpio times of the India (TOISA) Weightlifter of the Year Award in 2015. He has more gold from men's 77kg event at the Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championships held in Australia. A total effort of 320 kg (148kg in snatch, 172 kg in clean & jerk) has put his name on the top of the list. Even in the previous Commonwealth Games conducted in Glasgow, Sathish Kumar has held nothing less than a gold medal. Thus, with his victory in Gold coast, he holds the glory of becoming the first ever male Indian weightlifter to win gold in two different editions of the Commonwealth Games.

In 2016, Sathish was qualified to contest in Rio Olympics. Despite the best weight of 329 kg (148 kg snatch and 181 kg clean and jerk), he finished 11th. In 2017, Sathish Kumar has been the gold medalist at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships.

The infancy of his weightlifting journey

Weightlifting is something that runs in Sathish’s blood. His father started father, Sivalingam is an accomplished weightlifter at the national level. In spite of adding honour to his country Sathish’s father Sivalingam is currently working as a security guard at VIT University. Sathish had his schooling in Government Higher Secondary school and began his weightlifting training at a very early age of 13. He continued his weightlifting journey in the Atlas Weightlifting Training Centre next to his home and he underwent rigorous training.

Being a son of a passionate weightlifter, Sathish followed a very strict diet at home and was not allowed to take even coffee as caffeine was an enhancer.

With his sheer efforts and determination, Sathish has achieved something that a common Indian would not even dream of. Unfortunately, he hasn’t grown so much financially. He discontinued his education and works as a clerk in South Indian railways.

Being a constant winner, Sathish has won nearly 41 medals that his family has lost the count of the number of medals that he had brought home. Our children won’t return home with bare hands. Sathish has proved it once again,” says Muthu, who trained Sathish over the last few years.