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Jameer eyes medals

Guwahati, Jan. 1: After creating three national records in the recently held 50th men and 26th women’s Junior National Weightlifting Championship at Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium here, Assam weightlifter Jameer Hussain has set his sights on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games this year and the Rio Olympics, 2016.

The boy from Sivasagar, who has been training at the Army Sports Institute in Pune, bettered his own national record of lifting 310kg, lifting 318kg overall and setting national records in both the snatch and clean-and-jerk events in the 94kg junior men’s weight category.

About his journey so far, the promising weightlifter said, “I was introduced to the sport by Abdul Kadir, who is like my older brother. He took me to the training centre where I practised under the guidance of Jugendra Phukan, Dhrubajyoti Bora and Duljit Baruah. The coaches at the army institute spotted me while I was competing at Chhattisgarh. Both Jugendra sir and Duljit sir took me to Pune for the selections in 2009. It was in 2010 that I started winning medals.”

Regarding the kind of support and assistance offered by the Assam Weightlifting Association, Hussain said, “I have not received any support or assistance from the association. I have been training under the guidance of both Indian and foreign coaches which has helped me a lot. My next target is to clinch a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year and prepare myself for the Olympics in 2016.”

On his recent success, Hussain said, “It feels great when you are performing well and I have been performing quite well since 2011. I was the youth and junior national champion during the meet at Yamuna Nagar in Haryana in 2011 and in New Delhi I set the record in the overall and clean-and-jerk categories, which I broke in Guwahati. I bagged the silver medal in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship in Malaysia in November.”