Harshada Sharad Garuda She created history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the IWF Junior World Championships in Heraklion, Greece. She lifted a total of 153 kg and won the 45 kg weight category, which includes 70 kg in snatch and 83 kg in clean and jerk.

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key points:

  • Garuda beat eight rivals to win India a medal on the first day of the competition. Turkey’s Bektas Kansu won the silver medal, while Teodora-Luminita Hinku of Moldova won the bronze.
  • Anjali Patel, the second Indian in the same weight category, finished sixth with a total effort of 148kg, which includes 67kg in snatch and 81kg in clean and jerk.
  • Earlier only two Indians have won a medal at the IWF Junior World Championships
  • Mirabai Chanu was the bronze medalist in 2013 while Achinta Shuli was the silver medalist last year.

About Harshada Sharad Garuda:

  • Harshada Sharad Garud, the first Indian weightlifter to win a gold medal at the IWF Junior World Championship 2022, also won the Under-17 girls’ title at the 2020 Khelo India Youth Games.
  • Harshada started weightlifting at the age of 12 on the insistence of her father Sharad Garuda, who was himself a state level lifter.

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