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Veteran Sudhir is third time lucky

It’s been a mixed bag for the Indian weightlifting team in the Games so far. Day One disappointed, Day Two was horrible, while Day Three put the smiles back on glum faces. By that erratic yardstick, Thursday was lucky, as India’s Sudhir Kumar kept a bronze at home, not because he did well but because his Nigerian counterpart Cobham Felix failed to lift 185 kg in his three attempts in the clean and jerk in the men’s 77kg category. Shalabh Manocha reports

other Updated: Oct 08, 2010 00:44 IST
Shalabh Manocha

It’s been a mixed bag for the Indian weightlifting team in the Games so far. Day One disappointed, Day Two was horrible, while Day Three put the smiles back on glum faces. By that erratic yardstick, Thursday was lucky, as India’s Sudhir Kumar kept a bronze at home, not because he did well but because his Nigerian counterpart Cobham Felix failed to lift 185 kg in his three attempts in the clean and jerk in the men’s 77kg category.

Sudhir himself accepted fate was in his side, in his bagging his third CWG bronze. “I was lucky because I had not performed well today and was not expecting any medal. But after the Nigerian failed to lift the desired weight, I won.”

Was it pressure that affected his performance? “There was no pressure as such but a back problem has troubled me for quite some time now and that’s not helped at all.”

The Indian, who finished with a total of 297, was 11kg behind the silver medalist, Australia’s Ben Turner and 36 kg behind gold medalist — Nauru’s Yukio Peter.

Talking about the difference between his total and that of Peter, Sudhir said, “The difference is too much but it’s not that I can’t match that. But my second attempt in the snatch did not go well.”

National coach Harnam Singh said the 31-year-old Indian could “have done better but this happens in sport”. “All we now expect is that our lifters do well in the competition ahead.”

Peter created two CWG records, one in the snatch by lifting 148kg and the second in the total by lifting 333kg.