Harshada Garud clinches gold at Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships

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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.

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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 – for total lift – is awarded in the Olympics.

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