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Prameelavalli - new 'lifting' talent

The 15-year-old is being tagged as the country's best bet for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Melbourne in March.

othersports Updated: Jan 02, 2006 02:58 IST

Karnam Malleswari and Pratima Kumari may have to think twice before making their comebacks with new kid on the block B Prameelavalli grabbing attention of the game's fraternity in 63-kg category.

The 15-year-old is being tagged as the country's best bet for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Melbourne in March after she achieved a rare feat of earning seven medals in sub-junior, junior and seniors category within two months and setting an Asian Youth record by winning the gold with a record lift of 192 kg (82 kg+110 kg).

She also won her maiden title in the recently concluded Senior National Championship in Yamunanagar, Haryana, hoisting 199 kg (114 kg+85 kg).

"This is nothing for her. She lifts at least 15 kg more in practice but we did not want to give her extra load at this stage. We have fixed targets for her and within a year she would be able to break Malleswari's record in this category," her coach SA Singh said.

The young girl is also aspiring to emulate the feat of Malleswari by winning an Olympic medal. "I want to follow her footsteps. At present she is high up there.

"But my immediate goal is to perform well in the Commonwealth Games," said Prameelavalli, who hails from a nondescript village of Budhiiwadsa in Andhra Pradesh, the state to which Malleswari belongs as well.

The lifter would have a tough task of defending two gold medals won by Pratima in the category in the previous edition in Manchester. Pratima is currently serving a two-year ban slapped by International Weightlifting Federation for using a banned drug at Athens Olympics.

But the ease with which Prameelavalli lifts weights and then leaves the stage with a big smile, it appears she is capable of coming up with special performances.

First Published: Jan 01, 2006 17:39 IST