Harshada Sharad Garud on Monday became India’s first weightlifter to win a gold medal at the IWF Junior World Championships in Heraklion, Greece.
Harshada claimed the yellow metal with a total effort of 153kg (70kg+83kg) in the women’s 45kg category, opening India’s account on the opening day of the competition.
The 70kg effort in snatch earned Harshada a top-of-the-podium finish while she was second-best in the clean and jerk section, behind Turkey’s Bektas Cansu (85kg), who took the home the silver medal with an overall effort of 150kg (65kg+85 kg).
Hincu Teodora-Luminita of Moldova bagged the bronze 149kg (67kg+82kg) in the non-Olympic category.
The other Indian in the field, Anjali Patel finished fifth overall with a total effort of 148kg (67kg+81kg).
Medals are awarded separately for snatch, clean and jerk, and total lift in continental and World Championships. But, just one medal – for total lift – is awarded in the Olympics.
Mirabai Chanu who won a bronze in 2013 and last year’s silver winner Achinta Sheuli are the other Indians who have won medals at the junior world event previously.