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Who is Achinta Sheuli? Labourer’s Son Bags 3rd Gold for India in CWG 2022

Achinta Sheuli

India had a good start in Commonwealth Games 2022  which are currently being held in the United Kingdom’s Birmingham. The young players of India made the opening weekend quite triumphant as the country has won 3 gold medals, 2 silver and 3 bronze so far adding a total of 6 to the medal tally. Interestingly, all six medals were won in Boxing.

The 3rd gold the country has been won by Achinta Sheuli, a 2o-year old weightlifter from West Bengal in (73 Kg category) on Sunday 31st, July 2022 following Summer Olympic 2020 silver medalist Mirabai Chanu in women (49 kg category) and Jeremy Lalrinnunga (67 kg category).

Achinta Sheuli who won the 6th medal for the country, has secured the gold in his debut in the Commonwealth games and lifted a total weight of 313 Kg (143 kg, 170 kg) to grab the gold at NEC (National Exhibition Centre) Hall on Sunday.

He first broke the game record twice in the Snatch round by lifting 140 kg and 143 kg and then lifted 166 kg and 170 kg in the clean and jerk round to register a Games record for the overall weight.

Malaysia’s Erry Hidayat Muhammad gave a tough competition to Achinta and ended up as the second best lifter in the event wit ha total life of 303 kg (135 kg, 165 kg) following Canada’s Shad Darsigny, the bronze medalist who ended uplifting 298 kg (135kg, 163 kg).

Who is Achinta Sheuli?

Achinta Sheuli, the 20- year old gold medalist hails from a small village named Deulpur of Howrah district of West Bengal. The star player has seen a lot of struggle in his life. Before taking weightlifting as a career, he used to help his mother Poornima Sheuli in embroiling and stitching work, to augment his family’s income.

The star player’s father Jagat Sheuli was a rickshaw-puller and a part-time driver, whose income wasn’t enough to make ends meet, so his mother took to stitching and embroidery to support the family.

In 2013, his father died due to heart -attack and Achinta’s elder brother Alok had to sacrifice his fledgling weightlifting career to look after his family. Alok saw a spark in Achinta and enrolled him in his gym as a member, to later enroll him in weightlifting to realise his unfulfilled dream.

With winning the gold at CWG 2022, the young weightlifter has fulfilled his father’s last wish as well as his brother Alok’s unfulfilled dreams to win gold for the country.

Achinta with another golden boy Jeremy:

 

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Achinta Sheuli Early- Career

Achinta took to weightlifting in 2010 and by 2012, he started winning medals at district levels. He went on to win Khelo India Youth Games in 2018 and the following year won his first major medal at the senior level, winning gold in the Commonwealth Championship.

In 2021, he won Silver medal at the World Youth Weightlifting Championship and followed it up with his second Commonwealth Championship gold medal in the same year.

PM Modi’s appreciation-post for Achinta Sheuli post emerging the gold-medalist:

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