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Bindyarani Devi, a weightlifter from India, wins silverat the Asian Championships.

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Bindyarani Devi, an Indian weightlifter, quickly made up for a lackluster showing in the snatch section by winning an overall silver medal in the women’s 55kg division at the Asian Championships in Korea on Saturday. The silver medalist from the Commonwealth Games led India’s medal tally in this competition with a total effort of 194kg (83kg 111kg). In the clean and jerk category, she also took home the silver. The medals, though, are for a non-Olympic weight class.

The Manipuri had two unsuccessful lifts: one in snatch and one in clean jerk. But even if she had succeeded in those two lifts, she would not have been able to win a gold medal.

Chinese Taipei’s Chen Guan Ling won the gold with a 204 kg (90 kg) effort, and Vietnam’s Vo Thi Quynh Nhu took home the bronze with a 192 kg (88 kg) performance in a small field.

To qualify for the Paris Games the following year, the top lifters in the 55 kg weight class had either bulked up or dropped down weight classes.

Bindyarani got off to a good start, completing her first two snatch attempts of 80 kg and 83 kg, but her 85 kg attempt was ruled a no-lift. Her best weight for snatch is 86 kg.

The Manipuri, who finished fourth in the snatch competition, made up the distance by snatching the second-heaviest weight.

Chinese Taipei’s Chen Guan Ling won the gold with a 204 kg (90 kg) effort, and Vietnam’s Vo Thi Quynh Nhu won the bronze in a weak field with a 192 kg (88 kg) effort.

To qualify for the Paris Games the following year, the top 55 kg lifters have either gained weight or dropped weight classes.

Bindyarani got off to a good start, completing her first two snatch attempts of 80 kg and 83 kg with comparatively little difficulty, but her 85 kg attempt was ruled a no-lift. 86kg is her personal best weight for the snatch.

The Manipuri, who finished the snatch event in fourth place, made up ground by lifting the second-heaviest weight in the clean and jerk.

She then made an unsuccessful attempt to lift an additional 115 kg to raise her score. At the Birmingham CWG last year, she had 116 kg in the air.

Due to an injury, she suffered before the selection trials, the Manipuri was obliged to compete in her original 55kg weight group.

She switched to the 59kg weight class at the World Championships last year when she placed 25th, and this weight class will be featured in the Paris Olympics.

Head coach Vijay Sharma claimed before the competition that the goal was to have Bindyarani simply participate in the competition, which is one of the qualifying events for the Paris Olympics, and reach his or her full potential during the Asian Games later in the year.

A lifter must compulsorily compete in both the 2023 World Championships and the 2024 World Cup to qualify for the 2024 Olympics.

A lifter must compete in three of the following additional events in addition to the two mentioned above: the 2022 World Championships, 2023 Continental Championships, 2023 Grand Prix I, 2023 Grand Prix II, and 2024 Continental Championships.

Both Mirabai Chanu and Bindyarani must now compete in one more event in addition to the two required ones, having already competed here and in the World Championships last year.

After the qualification period, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) will announce the Olympic Qualification Rating (OQR) for each weight category.

For the final evaluation, the weightlifter’s top three results from the qualifying competitions will be considered. APA PTI AH AH

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