Topsy-turvy show sees Ajay struggle at World Weightlitlifting meet

The Indian lifter scored a total lift of 333kg to finish 19th in the men’s 81kg category as Lu Xiaojun won his fifth title.

India’s Ajay Singh finished a lowly 19th in the men’s 81kg category at the ongoing 2019 World Weightlifting Championships on Sunday in Pattaya, Thailand.

Though Ajay, who came into the competition on the back of a gold medal-winning performance at the Commonwealth Championships early this year, took his game a notch higher in the snatch, a below-par show in the clean and jerk meant he was restricted to a lower position in the standings. 

The Indian’s total lift of 333kg (146+187) was nowhere close to 378kg (171+207) that champion Lu Xiaojun of China managed to win his fifth world title at age 35.

Controlled start

Ajay began with a clean lift of 140kg in the snatch segment but was called out for an invalid attempt in his second with the bar weighing 144kg. But that didn’t stop the 22-year-old as he raised the weight to 146kg in his third attempt and got a clean lift to end the snatch with 146kg to his name.

His efforts, however, weren’t enough to bother the medal contender as Xiaojun pulled off a 171kg lift to top the charts in the snatch segment while his compatriot Li Dayin stayed on his heels with just the bodyweight separating the two.

Cleaning them away

However, not perturbed by the occasion and the pace set by the leaders, Ajay continued his fine form in the clean and jerk segment as well. He started with 175kg in his first attempt and then gradually rose the bar with a 181kg lift in the second only to finish with a 187kg in his third.

Meanwhile, there was no stopping Xiaojun as he cleaned 207kg in his third attempt to set a new world record and win his fifth gold medal at the Worlds. Dayin, who managed 206kg in his third clean and jerk lift finished with a total lift of 377kg.

Brayan Rodallegas of Colombia was third, a massive 14kg behind the Chinese duo with a total lift of 363kg (167+196) to his name.

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