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Jharkhand lifters shine

- 20 medals in kitty so far

Jharkhand claimed seven medals — three gold, two silver and as many bronze — on the penultimate day of the National Benchpress Powerlifting Championship at The Milanee Hall in Bistupur on Monday.

So far, the hosts have slotted home 20 medals — 11 gold, six silver and three bronze — with lifters putting up a stellar show in the four-day meet being organised by Indian Powerlifting Federation (IPF). More are expected in the concluding day on Tuesday.

Jharkhand’s Nitish Kumar started the day with elan, winning the 59kg top slot in the junior boys’ section with a total lift of 127.5kg, pipping Madhya Pradesh’s Romit Thakur (125kg) and Karnataka’s Vishal Karan (115kg).

Binod Kumar Patra followed suit to top the 59kg in the senior category with a total lift of 147.5kg. Patro finished with another yellow metal, this time in the 59kg Masters (1) section with a lift of 147.5kg.

The state claimed the silvers through Dhaneshwar Sahu in the 66kg junior boys’ section (125kg) and Mahender Singh in the 74kg junior category (147.5kg). The bronze medals were bagged with the efforts of Uttam Ramani in the junior boys’ 53 kg section (95kg) and Prabir Chatterjee, who came up with a lift of 137.5kg in the 66kg senior men’s category.

Defending champions Maharashtra finished with four gold thanks to Anil V. Mahatra (66kg Masters III), Rajesh G. Parab (74kg Masters 1), Geetanjali C. (34kg sub-junior girls’) and Sneha Nalage (57kg sub-junior girls’).

“It’s a satisfactory performance by Jharkhand lifters. We are happy with the outcome so far. More medals are expected to be won by the state tomorrow,” said Bhaskar Mitra, general secretary of IPF.