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Sivalingam finishes 11th, Indian lifters end campaign

Thursday, Aug 11, 2016,13:27 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Rio de Janeiro | India’s weightlifting campaign at the Rio Olympics ended in disappointment with Sathish Kumar Sivalingam finishing 11th in the men’s 77 kg event here Thursday.

National record holder Sivalingam lifted 148 kg in snatch and 181 kg in clean and jerk for a total of 329 kg to finish fourth in the six-lifter Group B category competition.

After the Group A competition was over, he stood overall 11th in the field of 14 lifters.

Sivalingam, who had a won gold in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, holds the national record of 336 kg in men’s 77 kg.

Group B is meant for lower-ranked competitors who have registered lower entry weights and by finishing fourth even in this category; Sivalingam has no chance to be on the podium.

Group A of the same event is competed among higher-ranked lifters who have registered with higher entry weights.

Kazakhstan’s Rahimov Nijat clinched the gold with a total lift of 379 kg while China’s Lyu Xiaojun and Mahmoud Mohamed were second and third with a total of 379 kg and 361 kg in Group a event.

The other Indian lifter, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu had failed to even lift her entry weight of 104 kg in clean and jerk to end her 48 kg category event as DNF.