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Akanksha, Vijay bag silver medals at Youth World Weightlifting Championships

India registered another glory at the Junior level of weightlifting as Akanksha and Vijay won silver in the 40 KG and 49 KG categories respectively.

IWF Youth World Weightlifting Championship

IWF Youth World Weightlifting Championship



Updated: 12 Jun 2022 1:18 PM GMT

India's Akansha Kishor Vyavhare won the silver medal in the 40kg category while Vijay Prajapati finished second in 49kg in 2022 for men and women in Leon, Mexico.

The two silver medals were won on Saturday, the opening day of the event. Akansha lifted a total of 127kg (59kg + 68kg), while Vijay managed to lift 175kg (78kg + 97kg). Akansha is a trainee of SAI National Centre of Excellence, Aurangabad and Vijay is a trainee of NCOE Patiala.

"I would like to congratulate all the weightlifters for putting on a good show during the 2022 IWF Youth World Weightlifting Championships at Leon and laud the efforts of Indian coaches who have trained the athletes in a short span of time in the national camps," said Sahdev Yadav, president of Indian Weightlifting Federation.

This is one of the new additions to the weightlifting laurels of India at the Junior level as Weightlifter Harshada Sharad Garud created history recently by becoming the first-ever Indian to win a gold medal in the IWF Junior World Weightlifting Championships 2022 in Heraklion, Greece. Competing in the women's 45kg category, the 16-year-old lifted a total of 153kg (Clean & Jerk 83 kg + Snatch 70kg) to win the title in the field of eight competitors on the opening day of the competition.

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