Indian lifters could not bring a medal home at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon as Katulu Ravi Kumar and Punam Yadav finished tenth and seventh in Men’s 77kg and Women’s 63kg respectively. The lifters had a rich haul of medals at Glasgow Commonwealth Games but continued their barren run here despite a lot of promise.
There was more gloom in the Indian camp as Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sathish Kumar Sivalingam had to pull out of his event – men’s 77kg with fever.
Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist Punam Yadav could only manage a total lift of 200kg (90kg in snatch + 110kg in clean & jerk). Failing to lift 115kg in her last two attempts, the 19-year-old Punam finished seventh.
Lin Tzu Chi of Chinese Taipei with a total lift of 261kg, took the gold. The silver was bagged by Deng Wei of China who lifted 259kg and the bronze went to Jo Pokhyang of North Korea whose total lift was 247 kg.
Katulu Ravi Kumar who had lost to compatriot Sathish Kumar in the Commonwealth Games lifted a total of 313kg (141kg in snatch & 172kg in clean & jerk). He failed in his attempt at 178kg in the clean and jerk.
Lyu Xiaojun of China took home the gold with 375kg. While the silver went to Kim Kwangsong who lifted 363kg, the bronze was bagged by Chatuphum Chinnawong of Thailand for a lift of 353kg.
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