Weightlifter Gururaja Poojary received bronze within the males’s 61kg class on Saturday. Chatting with IHNS, the 29-year-old revealed that he was below stress going into his remaining carry, however motivated himself by telling himself that he needed to do properly 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 below 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 am going to should carry this and present the world,” Gururaja advised IHNS.
He revealed that over the past 4 years, he had modified his weight class from 56kg to 61kg and likewise defined the reasoning behind his choice.
“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 remaining carry.
“Within the final carry, even my coach motivated me very properly. He advised me if I carry properly, I can win a medal for India and that it could actually change my life. That’s how he motivated me and despatched me for my remaining 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 onerous. 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 wish to thank my spouse as a result of she has been very supportive. I acquired married in Could and rejoined the camp in June. She was upset initially, 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 comfortable that she has supported me a lot.”
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