Ajay Singh strikes bronze in Asian Youth Weightlifting

India’s Ajay Singh on 27 July 2017 clinched the bronze medal in Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships at Kathmandu. Ajay got third place in 77 kgs men’s junior category by lifting 143 kgs in a snatch and 172 kgs in clean and jerk.

Ajay’s win takes India’s medal tally to three in the championship. Earlier, on 26 July 2017 S. Nirupama Devi had won bronze in 69 kgs women youth category. While Konsam Urmila Devi from Manipur had won a gold medal in the 44 kg weight category.

On the last day of the championships 28 July 2017, Kosum Taba will compete in 94 kg men junior category and Lovepreet Singh will take part in 105 kg men junior category. Concluding ceremony will be held 29 July 2017. Interestingly, Weightlifting is an athletic discipline in the modern Olympic programme in which the athlete attempts a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates. The two competition lifts in order are the snatch and the clean and jerk. Each weightlifter receives three attempts in each, and the combined total of the highest two successful lifts determines the overall result within a bodyweight category. Bodyweight categories are different for male and female competitors.

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