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Khelo: Farmer's daughter Akshata reaps gold in weightlifting

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

AkshataBasvani of has won a gold medal in the under-21 age 71 kg category in at Youth Games being held here.

Kamati, the daughter of a farmer, initially seemed nowhere in the running for the gold.

She heaved a modest 73 kg in the snatch and then failed twice at 76 kg, while her main rivals -- fellow lifter Lavanya (79) and P H Roshni of Arunachal Pradesh with 77 -- built a handy lead.

Stung by that reverse, opened with a successful attempt at 100 kg in clean & jerk and then improved it to 103 kg before failing at 107 kg in the next two attempts.

Her rivals were nowhere close with managing 95 kg, but failing at 98 kg, which, had it been successful, could have given the gold.

Rai's attempt in snatch, Kamati's attempt in clean & jerk and the total were all new records for junior women.

The two girls were clearly the pick and with totals of 176 kg by and 174 kg by Rai, they were way ahead of third place holder Roshni (167 kg), a said Monday.

Kamati comes from Halaga near Belgaum. Her tryst with the sport was a case of love at first sight, which happened while taking a stroll in a gym at the back home.

Once hooked, she represented her school at the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) competitions in Bellari, landing a gold medal in her maiden major tournament.

There was no looking back after that.

Kamati credited her father for encouraging her towards the sport.

"My father plays a very important role in my life. I have his unconditional support and he ensures that there are no hindrances of any kind in my sporting journey," she was quoted as saying in the release.

In 2014, Kamati began training at the Sports Authority of India's Bengaluru centre under

"When I saw Akshata for the first time, I was sure that she was made for Her BMI (body mass index) index is very suited to lifting. Her technique is special and it will take her to high levels," said Kaur.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 15:40 IST
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