Bedabrat Bharali clinched three gold medals at the IWF World Youth Championships

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Bedabrat Bharali

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Youth Championships 2024 witnessed a historic moment as Bedabrat Bharali, a 17-year-old Indian athlete, clinched three gold medals in the men’s 73kg category. This achievement marked Bharali as the first Indian man to win a gold medal in the Weightlifting Youth World Championships.

Bedabrat Bharali’s performance

Hailing from Assam, Bharali demonstrated an impressive performance with a total lift of 296 kg, comprising 136 kg in snatch and 160 kg in clean and jerk. This feat surpassed his fellow competitors by a significant margin of 12 kg, highlighting his exceptional strength and technique.

Bharali’s victory was not only a personal triumph but also a milestone for Indian weightlifting. His achievement followed the footsteps of Preetismita Bhoi, who had earlier topped the women’s 40kg category and set a clean-and-jerk youth world record.

The journey to this landmark victory was not an overnight success. Bharali made his debut in international events in 2023, where he secured three medals in total. He had previously won a bronze medal in the 67 kg weight category. His decision to change his weight category from 67 kg to 73 kg proved to be a strategic move that led him to the gold medal position.

The IWF World Youth Championships 2024, held in Lima, Peru, was a successful event for the Indian contingent. In addition to Bharali’s gold, India secured several other medals. Jyoshna Sabar bagged a silver medal in the women’s 40kg category, Payal secured one in the women’s 45kg, and Babulal Hembrom from Jharkhand secured a bronze medal in the men’s 49 kg event.

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