Gold Coast: Teenager Deepak Lather on Friday became the youngest Indian weightlifter to claim a Commonwealth Games medal, clinching a bronze in the men's 69-kg category in Australia's Gold Coast.
The 18-year-old from Haryana lifted a total of 295kg (136kg+159kg) to finish third after his nearest rival, Vaipava Loane, fouled his last two lifts to end with a total of 292kg.
Gareth Evans of Wales won Gold with a combined weight lift of 299kg and Sri Lanka's Indika clinched Silver with a lift of 297kg.
Lather, competing in his maiden Commonwealth Games, holds the distinction of being the youngest to hold the national record as well.
#ProudMoment for__ as #TeamIndia at the @GC2018 bags another Medal in #Weighlifting! #DeepakLather was all emotional after missing out on the Gold by just 4kgs! Nevertheless, the nation is proud of you Deepak!#GC2018 #GC2018Weightlifting #Congratulations to #Gareth & #Indika pic.twitter.com/jvUwJ8T8A2
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He held the 62kg category national record at 15.
He trained at the Army Sports Institute as a diver before being pushed into weightlifting by the coaches there.
Earlier, Mirabai Chanu (48kg) and Sanjita Chanu (53kg) won gold medals in the women's competition and P Gururaja claimed a silver in the men's 56kg category.
The Indian weightlifters have so far claimed four medals in the event.
With this, India now has four medals so far at the Gold Coast CWG events.