India’s Sanket Sargar has scripted history, by becoming the first athlete from India to win a medal at Commonwealth Games 2022. He won a silver medal in the men’s 55kg event with a total of 248kg (113kg in snatch, 135 in clean and jerk) to finish behind Malaysia’s Aniq Mohamad, who took gold with a total of 249 kg (107kg in snatch, 142kg in clean and jerk).
The career of Sanket Sargar:
- National champion Sanket Sargar, who was Khelo India Youth Games and the Khelo India University Games in 2020, was one of the favourites to win India a medal in weightlifting, which has been one of the major suppliers of medals at Commonwealth Games over the years.
- Sanket Sagar, who set a new Commonwealth and national record at the Asian qualifiers in Singapore in February 2022 (snatch – 113kg; clean and jerk 143kg – total of 256kg), was at his best as he cleared all his 3 weights in his first attempt in snatch.
WHO IS SANKET SARGAR?
Maharashtra’s Sanket Sargar, who took up wrestling when he was 13-year-old, has been finishing on the podium at major international events, including the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships 2021 in Tashkent, helps his father, who owns a pan shop and a food stall in Sangli, Maharashtra.