Trichy: A Manimaran of Ponmalai in Trichy has won an international medal for the second year in a row at the Asian Powerlifting Championship 2019 by bagging the silver medal in the 74 kg weight category. The ongoing championship at Hong Kong will go on till April 26. Employed as a driver with the state forest department since 2009, the 46-year-old has several state and national medals to his credit. He won the gold continuously from 2000 to 2007 at the all India forest meet.
Powerlifting is a sport that tests the strength of an athlete and consists of three attempts at maximal weight on three lifts, namely squat, bench press, and deadlift. Manimaran could clinch the medal in the Master – I lifter event by maintaining his performance in all the three rounds braving tough competition from his competitors from other countries.
He lost to Mongolian athlete Otgonsuren Batbileg who was way ahead with 635 points against his 567. However he managed to maintain the lead against Ma Shyh-Yih from Taiwan who could secure only 512 points. Developing interest for weightlifting during summer holidays after his plus 2 exams, Manimaran decided to take up weightlifting as a sport. He has been consistently winning medals in the all India university tournaments in powerlifting. Expressing his wish to win an Olympic medal, he said he stands qualified for the premier global event if the sport was included in it. Manimaran says while kabaddi will be part of the Olympics from 2024, he hoped that powerlifting also got recognition from the Olympic committee. Sportspersons from across 15 countries in Asia are participating in the championship.
(source : TOI)