Commonwealth Games 2018 winner: Unknown facts about Sathish Sivalingam..Defending champion Sathish Sivalingam (77kg) claimed India’s third gold medal in the Commonwealth Games, comfortably coming out on top despite having given up hopes of a podium finish after his injured thighs made even routine things like sitting painful.
Sathish Sivalingam age is 25years, and he lifted a total 317kg (114kg+173kg) and was so ahead of the competition that he forfeited his final clean and jerk lift.
The weightlifter from England, Jack Oliver was his closest competitor. Oliver won the silver medal by lifting 145kg in snatch, 167kg in clean & jerk with a cumulative score of 312kg.
“I had no hopes of winning a medal after I injured my thighs during the National Championships while attempting 194kg in clean and jerk. It’s a quadriceps problem, even now I am competing at less than ideal fitness, but I am glad that was enough to get me a gold,” Sathish said after his medal ceremony, during which he was accorded a warm applause by the packed arena.
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Sathish won the gold medal with 149kg snatch and 179kg clean and jerk lifts, totalling 328kg. His lift of 149kg in snatch continues to be the Games record.
“I hope to do even better in the Asian Games because there is a gap now. Earlier Asian Games were within 20-25 days of CWG, which didn’t give us enough time to prepare. But this time I have got time to prepare and be fully fit now,” he said.
Some unknown facts about Sathish Sivalingam
Lets recall how much do you know about Sathish Sivalingam:
- Sathish was born on 23 June 1992 in Vellore, Tamil Nadu in a poor family.
- He completed his schooling from Government Higher Secondary School in Sathuvachari, and then he decided to do BA in History from Abdul Hakeem College in Melvishram. However, it was very much clear to him early on that education was never his calling so he dropped out of college during the third year.
- As he is from a very modest family, he had to start working to support his family as well as himself for weightlifting.
- His father Sivalingam is also a former national-level weightlifter and has won two medals in national level competitions. Also, he quit the Army and started working as a security guard at Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) University.
- His father ensured that he built a strong foundation for him as he started to train his son from the age of 13. Sathish was made to work out as much as 5 hours a day. The pain he had taken then is ensuring Sathish is bringing glory to our nation now.
- He won various accolades in both junior and senior categories in the State, National and Asian-level Games. He was always on the right track on becoming the champion.
- He won a gold medal in the last Commonwealth Games 2014 held in Glasgow as well finishing at the top in the same 77kg category.
- Tamil Nadu’s CM J Jayalalithaa awarded him with a prize money of Rs.50 Lakh for his amazing feat in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.