London Olympics: Weightlifting flop show finally ends

first_imgOne of the biggest slumps in Indian sport has been in weightlifting. For two days in a row, it has been a case of Indian weightlifters turning in flop shows, with Katalu Ravi Kumar unable to come near the medal bracket on Tuesday.Even before leaving India, there were doubts over Ravi’s fitness and he came up with the excuse of fever on after finishing sixth at the ExCel Arena.Competing in the 69-kg category, Ravi totalled 303 kg in snatch, clean and jerk. He had a 136kg in snatch and then 167 in clean and jerk. The Indian had attempted 141 twice in snatch, but they were not legitimate efforts. In contrast, in snatch and jerk, after a 167, he went for 176 kg and couldn’t do it.Gold went to Kim Myok Hong of North Korea. He had a good snatch of 145 and then in clean and jerk, without too much effort, he did 184 kg for an aggregate of 329kg as the haul thundered with applause. Silver went to Venezuela’s Junior Antonio Sanchez Rivero as he totalled 328kg (148 kg in snatch and 180 in clean and jerk). Sardar Hasanov of Azerbaijan had to be content with the bronze medal.Coming back to Ravi, who is employed with the Indian Army, he had been unsure of his fitness before coming here. The Commonwealth Games gold medallist was, in fact, in decent form when he sealed a berth for the Olympics with a good performance at the Asian Championships. A day earlier, Soniya Chanu also did not do well in her category.advertisementFor long, Indian weightlifting has been under the scanner for the wrong reasons. Twelve years ago, when Karnam Malleswari surprised the world with a bronze medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, talk was if she could inspire a whole generation.What happened instead was disaster as in the Athens Olympics in 2004, as women lifters were on dope and were thrown out of the Athletes Village even before the Games began.last_img