For weightlifter Satish Kumar Sivalingam, the gold in the recent Commonwealth Games has been a life-changing experience as he has fulfilled his parents’ dream of seeing their son winning the top prize in the multi-sporting event. The 22-year-old Satish, a Southern Railway employee, said his parents would have been disappointed had he not won a gold after four years of intensive training. “It (winning the gold) is life’s turning point. I have realised my dream of becoming a Commonwealth gold medal. It was four years of hard work and expectation. My parents were telling people of my village in Vellore district that I will win a gold medal at the Games. I have fulfilled their dreams,” he said. “I am from a poor family and my father was in the army in a small post. He played at the national championships but failed to make win a medal at the international level. He wanted me to win a medal in a big international event,” he added.
‘The Birmingham training really helped’
Explaining how he took up to weightlifting, Satish said, “My father initiated me to weightlifting and I started at a village gym when I was just 15 years old. For the last four years I have been training, first at home and then at NIS Patiala at the national camp with the single-minded determination to win gold in CWG.” “I joined Southern Railways in Chennai in 1998 at the age of 19 and it has been four years now,” he informed. Satish lifted a Games record 149 kg en route to winning the gold and asked about it, he said, “I had lifted more than the record only once in my career and that too in Birmingham while training. “The Birmingham training really helped. We reached Birmingam on June 23and trained there before coming here. We got acclimatised with the climatic conditions here and also with the food.”
‘I need to improve my clean and jerk’
He said he need to improve his clean and jerk performance if he wants to win a medal in a tougher field in the Asian Games. “I need to improve my clean and jerk if I want to do well in Asian Games. If I do that I think I can win a medal in Asian Games.” On his rivalry with Katulu Ravi Kumar who won the silver, Satish said, “Ravi is my friend. I competed against him at CWG but we are friends and we had shared rooms in many international events. Training with him helped as it has improved my performance through competition. In the next few years I think the competition in men’s 77 kg will be between two of us.”
‘I Have Won Gold And I Feel Really Good’
Amit Kumar defeated Ebikweminomo Welson of Nigeria 6-2 in his final bout at the recently concluded Commowealth Games. The 20-year-old Indian started off well and completely dominated the first round to post a comfortable 4-0 win. The Nigerian, however, fought back and the two wrestlers gave each other a tough time in the next round and they could bag just two points each. But due to four points in his kitty already from the opening round, the youngster from India prevailed over his opponent to pocket the yellow metal. Amit said his next target is the 2016 Rio Olympics. “I have won gold and I feel really good. It’s my first Commonwealth Games. I am definitely aiming for the Rio 2016 Olympics,” he said.
Vinesh Outclasses Rattingan 11-8 : Happy To Have Won Gold On Debut
In what turned out to be a close battle between Vinesh and England’s Yana Rattigan in the finals of the women’s 48 kg event at the recent Commonwealth Games, the Indian won 11-8. Vinesh was down 2-4 in the first round and was facing a tough challenge from her English opponent. But she managed to earn two points to tie it at 4-4 before she could put her rival down again to bag another two just in time to wrap up the opening round 6-4. The second round was also a fierce contest but the Indian somehow maintained her composure to earn another gold medal for the country in wrestling. Vinesh said that she is happy to have won gold on her debut at the Games. “I have won gold and I feel really good. It’s my first Commonwealth Games. I come from a family of wrestlers and they have really supported me. I also feel proud for them,” she said.