The 2017 Commonwealth Youth Champion in the 58kg category, Trupti Mane of Maharashtra edged out Sukarna Adak from West Bengal to win the gold medal the first Khelo India School Games. Both the finalists girls set new youth National records.
Trupti Mane making Kolhapur proud
The Hercules gym in Kolhapur has become a revered place after three weightlifters who passed through its portals won gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
“We are a small gym in Kolhapur but that doesn’t stop us from producing champions. Numerous national and international champions have been there,” said Vishwanath Mali, coach of Trupti Mane, gold medallist in the Girls’ 58 kg class weightlifting.
Trupti says she owed her success not only to her preparations but also to the gym where she trains.
“I dedicate this success to the Hercules gym, where I train. Despite the basic facilities, the Hercules gym continues to produce champions,” she revealed, pointing to her long-time coach Mali.
Trupti Mane led in the two horse race
In the girls’ 58 kg class weightlifting final event it was essentially a two-horse race between Trupti Mane and Sukarna Adak. The nail biting final eventually saw Trupti Mane of Maharashtra edging ahead of her West Bengal counterpart in the Khelo India School Games.
Trupti, the Commonwealth Youth Championship medallist, has probably gone through this routine before. It all boils down to the mind games that come into play while deciding the weights for the lifts in both snatch and clean & jerk. After Sukarna got the better of her in snatch by lifting 78kg for a new youth national record, Trupti returned in the second half of the contest and out-lifted her opponent on her way to the gold medal.
“The medal and the youth national record is the result of the way I had prepared before coming for this event,” said Trupti after receiving her gold medal.
With a clean and jerk effort of 97 kg for a combined total of 172 kg, Trupti created a new national youth record.
Sukarna was no less of a hero for taking the fight to her more illustrious rival. Although she collapsed to the floor while attempting to lift 96kg, Sukama did enough to show that she has a big heart for big fights. With a bandage across her neck, she admitted she lost to someone better, but only just. It has taken her just three years to reach this level. The rousing applause she received from the audience at the weightlifting hall was testimony to that.
With her eyes firmly set on the Youth Nationals to be held later this month in Vishakapatnam, Trupti is now eyeing more medals in the future as she continues to take giant strides towards international recognition.
58kg class: 1. Trupti Mane (Maharashtra) 75kg, 97kg (New youth National Record; Old: Thasana Chanu 96kg, Nanjing 2013), Total 172 kg (New youth National record; Old: Thasana Chanu 169kg, Nanjing 2013);
2. Sukarna Adak (West Bengal) 78kg (New youth National Record; old: Trupti Mane 75kg), 90kg, 168kg;
3. Pooja Pardeshi (Maharashtra) 65kg, 82kg, 147kg.