There was mass jubilation in the Patnaun village here after the news of Vikas Thakur, a resident of the village, winning a silver medal at the 20th Commonwealth Games at Glasgow on Monday spread across the region.
Thakur won the medal in men’s 85kg weightlifting. He lifted 333kg (150+183) to bag the silver, while Richard Patterson of New Zealand won the gold with a total lift of 335kg (151+184). Canada’s Pascal Plamondon was third with 333kg (151+182).
Thakur had won a silver medal in the Junior Asian Games last year and was preparing for the Commonwealth games, under the watchful eyes of his coaches.
The residents of the villagers celebrated the occasion by distributing sweets. Since his parents were not in the village, people congratulated his grandmother, who lives here. It was for the first time that Thakur had joined the senior group in the weightlifting championship. Brij Lal Thakur, the proud father of junior Thakur, who lives in Ludhiana and serves there in the Indian Railways, is proud of the success of his son and expressed optimism over he (son) winning a gold medal in the next Asian games and other world level championships, including the next Olympics.
While talking to the Hindustan Times over the phone from Ludhiana, he said that his son has been working hard since his childhood.
PARA-SWIMMER GAYAKWAD MISSES OUT ON BRONZE
GLASGOW: Indian para-swimmer Sharath Gayakwad missed out on the men’s 200-metre individual medley SM8 bronze finishing fourth in the final of the event at the Tollcross Swimming Centre here in the Commonwealth Games. England’s Oliver Hynd won the gold in two minutes and 22.86 seconds ahead of Australia’s Jesse Aungles, who took silver in 2:31.25. Aungles’ compatriot Blake Cochrane clinched the bronze clocking 2:32.72 late Monday. The 23-yearold Gayakwad clocked 2:37.17 -14.31 seconds behind the winner.Sri Lanka’s Amila Kumarasiri finished fifth and last.
WITH INPUTS FROM AGENCIES