Commonwealth Games 2018: Ragala Venkat Rahul..He is the one who handed India their fourth gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2018 by lifting a total weight of 338kg (151+187) in the men’s 85kg weightlifting event. This is India’s sixth medal in weightlifting competitions as well as in the CWG.
Rahul impressed with a successful lift of 147kg in his first snatch attempt and went on to lift 151kg in his third and final lift after failing to carry the same weight in the second. He continued his good work lifting 182kg in his first clean and jerk attempt to jump to top spot in the standings.
His second lift of 187kg took him to a total weight of 338kg that remained his best as he faltered in the final attempt of 191kg. Luck also went in Rahul’s favour with silver medalist Don Opeloge of Samoa failing to lift 191kg in his third and final attempt that helped Indian clinch the honours.
He qualified for the 2018 CWG by winning gold at the 2017 Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championships also in Gold Coast, lifting a total of 351kg (156kg in snatch and 195kg in clean & jerk). In fact, he won two gold medals in junior and senior categories and setting a couple of records.
He won two gold medals in the men’s 85kg categories at the Commonwealth Senior weightlifting championships held in Australia, with a standout total lift of 351kg (156kg in snatch, 195kg in clean & jerk). The youngster from Guntur created two records and won two gold medals in the 85kg category.
Rahul’s breakthrough performance came at the raw age of 17 years when he won two gold medals in the youth and junior categories of the Commonwealth Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship in Malaysia in 2013.
Rahul, 20, and has a younger brother Varun who also happens to be a weightlifter and also qualified for the CWG 2018.
Some unknown facts about Ragala Venkat Rahul
- Ragala Venkat Rahul age is 21 years, Rahul Venkat Ragala was born on 16th March’1997.
- Hailing from the land of the Nizams, Rahul comes from the Guntur district of Andra Pradesh. Ragala Venkat Rahul is from Stuartpuram, a small town in Andhra Pradesh.
- He was inducted and trained for weightlifting at the Telangana Sports School. Rahul was a star performer from this sports school at several international levels. His father, Madhu Ragala, was a former kabaddi player and weightlifter who had to give up on his dreams due to poverty. However, he initiated Rahul in the sport at a very early age so that he didn’t face any troubles.
- Rahul announced his arrival in the international level with a breakthrough performance at the age of 17, when he won two gold medals in the youth and junior categories of the Commonwealth Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship held in Malaysia in 2013.
- His rise, though, was hindered as his mother fell ill, which took a toll on his preparations for the Rio Olympics. Failing to qualify for Rio was a huge disappointment for him.
- Rahul was inspired to take up weightlifting primarily because of Karnam Malleswari, India’s first ever woman medallist in the Olympics who won Bronze in Weightlifting, 2000 Sydney Games.
- Rahul qualified for the 2018 CWG by securing a gold medal at the 2017 Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championships that was held in Gold Coast. He lifted a total of 351kg (156kg in snatch and 195kg in clean and jerk) to gain entry into the CWG 2018 platform.
- Rahul, has a younger brother, Varun who is also a weightlifter.
- The Andra Pradesh Government was highly pleased with the 21-year-old’s surging talent and success and rewarded Rahul with Rs 15 lakh.