India bags 12 gold as weightlifting event ends

Indian lifters bagged one gold and a silver on the concluding day of weightlifting event in the 12th South Asian Games to end their campaign with 12 golds and one silver and sweep aside all their opponents here today.

Out of the 15 events in the weightlifting competition, Indians won gold in 13 of them and a silver in another in an overwhelming display of domination.

The Indian men weightlifters bagged six gold and one silver out of eight events while their women counterparts won six gold out of seven on offer.

Sushila Panwar secured the lone gold medal for India today in women’s +75 kg category as she lifted a total of 198kg. Ishani Annushka Kaluthanthri of Sri Lanka won the silver with a total effort of 173kg. Tara Devi Pun of Nepal took the bronze with a total lift of 165 kg.

In men’s +105 kg category, Gurdeep Singh finished in second place with a total lift of 345 kg. Muhammad Nooh Dastgir Butt of Pakistan won the gold with a total lift of 360 kg (160 + 200). Saman Gedara of Sri Lanka won the bronze with a total lift of 275 kg (120 + 150).