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Commonwealth Games 2022: Chaff-cutter machine reason behind lifter Harjinder's strong arms

Here's what helped Harjinder Kaur win the bronze medal at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.

Commonwealth Games 2022: Chaff-cutter machine reason behind lifter Harjinders strong arms

Harjinder Kaur in action at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022



Updated: 2 Aug 2022 2:35 PM GMT

Working on a chaff-cutter machine used for chopping straw for cattle fodder helped Harjinder Kaur in developing strong arms, said the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist weightlifter. Harjinder claimed the bronze medal in the women's 71kg after a dramatic climax in Birmingham on Monday.

Luck was on Harjinder's side as she was assured of a podium finish after Nigeria's gold medal favourite Joy Eze was knocked out following three failed attempts in the clean and jerk category. "I used to work with my father at home and in the field and that is why my arms remained strong," she told PTI over phone from Birmingham on Tuesday. Kaur's elder brother Pritpal Singh said she used to help her farmer father in the agricultural fields and that also made her strong.

Hailing from village Mehsa in Patiala's Nabha area, Kaur said she was fully confident of winning a CWG medal. "It never came to my mind that I will not win the medal," said Harjinder. Weightlifting was not her first choice as she took up kabaddi initially. She stated weightlifting only in 2016 and got attracted to the sport while studying at Patiala's Punjabvi University.

"Initially, I did not know much about weightlifting. I never heard about weightlifting either in the village or in the city. But when I went to Punjabi University, coach Paramjit Sharma motivated me to take up weightlifting," Harjinder said. Harjinder is the youngest of three siblings and completed her graduation from Modi College in Patiala.

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