Heraklion: India’s young weightlifter 16 year old Harshada Sharad Garud has created history. Harshada won the gold medal at the IWF Junior World Championships held in Heraklion, Greece. She became the first Indian weightlifter to win gold in this championship. Harshada won the gold medal in the women’s 45kg by lifting a total of 153kg (70kg and 83kg) and opened India’s account on the very first day of the competition.
Harshada secured the gold medal in snatch with an effort of 70kg while she was second behind Turkey’s Bektas Kansu (85kg) after clean and jerk.
Bektas won the silver medal by lifting a total of 150 kg (65 kg and 85 kg). In the same category, Hinku Teodora of Moldova won the bronze medal with a total weight of 149 kg (67 kg and 82 kg).
Another Indian competing in the same category, Anjali Patel, finished fifth, lifting a total of 148kg (67kg and 81kg). Earlier in the Junior World Championships, Mirabai Chanu had won bronze in 2013 while Achinta Sheuli won silver medal last year.