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“We Look Up To Mirabai Chanu For Inspiration”: Pakistani Weightlifter Who Gained Gold At CWG 2022 | Commonwealth Video games Information


As quickly as Nooh Dastagir Butt gained Pakistan’s first gold medal at this version of the Commonwealth Video games, one of many first individuals to lend a congratulatory hand was none apart from Indian famous person Mirabai Chanu. As an Olympic medallist, Chanu has catapulted herself to superstardom and isn’t solely an icon in India but in addition for weightlifters from the neighbouring nation. “It was such a proud second for me when she congratulated me and praised my efficiency,” Butt informed PTI after profitable the gold within the males’s 109+kg class with a report carry of 405 kg.

The 24-year-old Pakistani shattered all of the three Video games report — 173 in snatch, 232 in clear and jerk and the mixture. “We glance as much as Mirabai for inspiration. She has proven us that, we from the South Asian international locations can even win an Olympic medal. We turned so happy with her when she gained the silver on the Tokyo Olympics.”

Gurdeep Singh gained bronze in the identical class and Butt considers the Indian as considered one of his shut mates.

“Now we have been excellent mates for the final seven-eight years. Now we have educated collectively in overseas a couple of instances. We’re at all times in contact,” Butt let everybody know the bonhomie he shares together with his Indian counter-parts.

For Butt, it was by no means an Indo-Pak battle however a person problem to surpassing his finest.

“It was not that I used to be competing with an India lifter. I simply needed to present my finest and win it right here,” he stated of Gurdeep, who turned the primary Indian weightlifter to win a CWG medal in plus-weight class.

Two visits to India and recollections of lifetime

However has been to India twice to for worldwide occasions. First was the Youth Commonwealth Championship in Pune, again in 2015 and the very subsequent 12 months for the South Asian Video games in Guwahati.

“I have been to India two instances and the help I obtained every time is unforgettable. I lengthy to return to India once more,” he added.

“I feel, mere Pakistan se jyada followers India mein hai (I feel, I’ve extra followers in India than again house),” he stated in jest.

Amid the mounting cross-border rigidity between the neighbouring international locations, the Pakistani contingent had arrived for the South Asian Video games in Guwahati-Shillong in 2016, solely to “really feel themselves at house” “However once I was in Guwahati, the resort workers turned like my prolonged household and have been in tears once I left. Such was the connection in these 10-15 days. They by no means made me really feel that I’m from Pakistan or their enemy.” It has been six years since that championship and Butt would not thoughts visiting India once more.

“Positively, I sit up for visiting once more. I by no means loved every other competitors like the best way I did in India,” he added.

Customised gymnasium and coaching beneath father-coach Ghulam

This was Pakistan’s solely second gold at CWG in weightlifting. Shuja-Uddin Malik (85kg) was the nation’s solely lifter to have gained the gold (Melbourne 2006).

Judoka Shah Hussain Shah is the one different Pakistani on the CWG podium after profitable a bronze.

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His father-cum-coach Ghulam Dastgir was a former nationwide champion and SAF Video games medallist. He has constructed a gymnasium for his son at their Gujranwala house, the place he trains for hours.

“There have been a whole lot of expectations from me as a lot of our fellow athletes couldn’t win. The duty was on my shoulders to present my nation our first gold at CWG,” stated Butt, a bronze medalist “I struggled with a couple of accidents after 2018 so I couldn’t make Tokyo. I labored so much with my ‘Abbu’ (father in Urdu) for the final two-three years for this and made a comeback.” “My dad is my inspiration. He was his finest lifter throughout his time. This medal belongs to him,” he signed off.

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