Para-powerlifter Sachin Chaudhary wins bronze and redemption battle

Vastavam web: Para-powerlifter Sachin Chaudhary exorcised the ghosts of Glasgow as he won India’s first medal in Para-sports at this edition of Commonwealth Games, claiming a bronze medal in the men’s heavyweight final, here today.In a 10-man final, Chaudhary finished with a combined effort of 181 kg at the Carrara Sports Arena 1 to bag the bronze.The 35-year-old had won a silver at the Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai with a career-best lift of 200 last year. He had finished ninth in the men’s -82.50kg event at the 2012 Summer Paralymics.

For Chaudhary, life turned a full circle as he stood on the medal podium after going through a nightmare during the last edition in Glasgow.He returned from Glasgow without participating, owing to his father’s failing health. It was later reported that he also failed an out-of-competition doping test in June.”In India, the Commonwealth Games is regarded as one of the most prestigious sporting events. This is a life-changing moment for me,” an ecstatic Chaudhary said after the event.

“My nerves were in check at all times during the event. I was confident that I would be successful in getting a medal today.”