Weightlifter Gururaja Poojary gained bronze within the males’s 61kg class on Saturday. Chatting with IHNS, the 29-year-old revealed that he was underneath stress going into his last carry, however motivated himself by telling himself that he needed to do nicely to win a medal for India. Gururaja lifted a complete of 269kg, simply 1 kg greater than Canada’s Youri Simard, who gave him a run for his cash. “I used to be underneath stress after lifting 148kg, as he had a 1kg lead. ‘151kg will get a medal, in any other case I will not win a medal for the nation’ — I needed to suppose like this and put it in my head that if I’ve to do something, I will need to carry this and present the world,” Gururaja advised IHNS.
He revealed that during the last 4 years, he had modified his weight class from 56kg to 61kg and in addition defined the reasoning behind his resolution.
“After 2018, I modified my class and ready for 61kg. I solely performed Nationals for 1-2 years, I could not compete in worldwide competitions. In 2021, I joined the camp and that is the place my journey in worldwide competitions began within the 61kg class,” Gururaja mentioned.
“The Olympic weight class modified from 56kg to 55kg. I used to manage my physique weight to play the 56kg class. It is a good factor the class modified, as a result of I used to get injured. After the class modified, I used to be in a position to carry out additionally and keep away from accidents within the 61kg class,” he mentioned.
He additionally spoke about how his coach motivated him earlier than his last carry.
“Within the final carry, even my coach motivated me very nicely. He advised me if I carry nicely, I can win a medal for India and that it might probably change my life. That’s how he motivated me and despatched me for my last carry, and I carried out on the stage,” he mentioned.
“That is what I had thought whereas coming right here. For a yr I stayed away from house, educated so laborious. Reached right here after a lot ache. So I had to return with a medal,” Gururaja added.
He additionally thanked his spouse and mentioned she has been extremely supportive of him.
“I want to thank my spouse as a result of she has been very supportive. I received married in Might and rejoined the camp in June. She was upset originally, however I had advised her that I needed to take part on this competitors. And I had advised her that if I come house, it is going to be with a medal,” Gururaja mentioned.
“I’m very glad that she has supported me a lot.”
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