20-year-old Achinta Shuli proved her mettle by competing in the men’s weightlifting 73kg category and winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022. Achinta defeated Erie of Malaysia by lifting 143kg and 170kg in clean and jerk. Mohammed won the silver medal with a total of 303kg, while Shad Darsigny of Canada won the bronze with a total of 298kg.
Currently, India has won one medal in each weightlifting category. Three gold, two silver and one bronze medals help India to be ranked sixth among all Commonwealth countries. After her resounding victory, Achinta thanks her family for the sacrifice that helped her fulfill this unrealistic dream.
What is the family background of Achinta Shuli?
Achinta Shooli comes from a humble background where she had to do sewing and embroidery to support her family after her father passed away. He comes from a remote village named Deulpur in West Bengal.
Shuli’s father was a laborer in Howrah. As a child, he and his brother used to go to a local gym to train their bodies. After years of training, Shuli got what he deserved for so long.
What are the records of Achinta Shuli?
Over the last three years, Achintya has established himself as one of the best young lifters in the country. He has won international medals in Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships 2019 and 2021. At the World Junior Championships, he won a silver medal in the men’s 73kg category.
Following a commendable national record, Achinta Shuli was named for the 12-man Indian Weightlifting Team for Birmingham 2022.
Prior to the Commonwealth Games 2022 finals, Achinta Shuli was a junior World Championships silver medalist, completing three clean lifts – 137kg, 140kg and 143kg – in the snatch session.
An effort of 143kg helped him break the Commonwealth Games record and upgrade his personal best. In the clean jerk, he started with a gain of 5 kg by lifting 166 kg with ease.
After Ari Mohammed failed in her attempt to lift 176kg, Achinta Shuli was declared the winner and made India proud by winning the third Commonwealth Games 2022 gold medal.
What inspired Achinta Shuli?
Achinta Shuli was inspired by her elder brother, Alok Shuli, who used to take her to a temporary facility. Achinta was initially a shy person who was not inclined towards weightlifting. His father’s death was a turning point, which saw his brother drop out of school and become the breadwinner of the family.
Shuli had a tough childhood and his dedication to achieve something made him break all barriers and become an international weightlifter.