Harshada Garud clinches gold at Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships

Indian lifter Harshada Garud won the women’s 45kg gold at the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent.

The 18-year-old claimed gold medal with an aggregate of 157kg (69kg+88kg). The total effort was four kgs better than her junior world championship title-winning lift of 153kg (70kg+83kg), which she had recorded in May.

Soumya Dalvi bagged the bronze in the 45kg youth event. The youth world championship bronze medallist heaved 145kg (63kg+82kg) to make the podium.

In the men’s 49 kg youth event, L Dhanush won the bronze in the snatch section with an 85 kg effort.

However, the Indian finished fourth overall with a best effort of 185kg (85kg+100kg).

Medals are awarded separately for snatch, clean and jerk, and total lift in continental and World Championships. But, just one medal โ€“ for total lift โ€“ is awarded in the Olympics.