Since 1896, weightlifting has been a prominent Olympic sport, and the sport has evolved. The Indian weightlifting federation was created in 1935, and Shri Bijoy Chand Mahatab was the first president. India's first weightlifting team competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In contrast, Indian women lifters did not compete in the World Championships until 1989 in Manchester. India has produced some of the world's top weightlifters, several of whom have achieved international success.
Indian male weightlifters have begun to share the spotlight in recent years. By smashing records and earning medals, they have earned a significant following in India, giving more attention to the sport of weightlifting in general.
Many have participated in international competitions such as the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia.
Celebrities like Salman Khan, John Abraham, and Aamir Khan have made weightlifting, staying healthy, and bodybuilding increasingly popular in recent years. Some male weightlifting stars have just risen to popularity, while others have long been a fixture in the sport, competing on a regular basis.
The Indian men's weightlifting team has achieved personal and world records over the years, as well as winning gold, silver, and bronze medals as competitors, highlighting the squad's development.
At the age of 26, Sathish Sivalingam is becoming well-known. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he won gold in the men's 77kg division. Sathish was unable to maintain his momentum from the Commonwealth Games to the Olympics two years later in Brazil.
Regrettably, he came in 11th place. He did, however, resume his career in Queensland two years later. "I had little chance of winning a gold medal after damaging my thighs when attempting 194kg in the clean and jerk. I'm racing at a lower level of fitness than I'd like due to a quadriceps injury, but I'm happy to have won gold."
He is a year younger than his teammate Sathish, having been born in the Punjabi city of Ludhiana. As seen by his achievement at the Commonwealth Games, Vikas Thakur is another of India's top weightlifters. After a successful Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, she got a silver medal in the 85kg weight category. Thakur had hoped to go one step further after being regarded as a gold medal contender in the sport in Gold Coast, Australia.
Vikas, on the other hand, was not to be. He finished in third position and was awarded the bronze medal. Some people still consider that a success. This should not detract from his weightlifting achievements, regardless of the medals he has won. Thakur has established multiple records that, on another day, may have earned him a gold medal.
In the World Championships a year before the 2018 Commonwealth Games, he set the world record in clean and jerk lifts at 196kg. It's worth noting that with a lift of 159 kg, he set a new world record in the snatch. His name will go down in history, and he can be proud of that accomplishment.
In the year 1995, Gurdeep Singh Dullet was born in the Punjab town of Punian. Gurdeep Singh is the rising star of the Indian men's weightlifting team. He set three records in the last year at three different levels. It helped him win gold at the national championships in the 105kg weight class. In the World Championships in Anaheim, Gurdeep hoisted a phenomenal total of 388kg.
Gurdeep then set a new world record by clean and jerks 217kg in a national competition in Karnataka. He also broke the snatch record with a 175kg lift, as if that wasn't enough. Despite not having the natural body of a weightlifter, he represents what strength is all about. Gurdeep's figure is more fat-focused than a bodybuilder's, with ripped and bulging muscles. Weightlifters who are just interested in growing their power, on the other hand, are bothered with their body fat percentage. They're worried about how heavy the weights they can lift are and how much strength they'll need to raise them.