Indian weightlifter P Gururaja bags silver in the 56kg category of weightlifting on the first competition day of the 21st Commonwealth Games 2018. The 25-year-old Gururaja came second to Malaysia’s Muhammad Azroy Hazalwafie Izhar Ahmad got gold with a record total of 261kg. Gururaja failed in his first two attempts in the clean and jerk round, but he lifted 138 kg in his third. With a total of 249 kgs, he clinched the silver medal. Gururaja is a low-ranking Indian Air Force employee and a son of a truck driver. He had aspired to be a wrestler for the longest time before being pushed into weightlifting by a vigilant coach who saw potential in him.

Gururaja has made Indians proud as it is just day 1 of the Commonwealth Games. Celebrities, Politicians, Cricketers, and others are pouring their love.

Celebrities and Political Leaders congratulates Gururaja on Twitter. Take a look:

 

Ishant Sharma

Om Prakash Mathur

Naveen Jindal

Dr Rutvij Patel

Ranveer Brar

Vipul Goel

Maj Surendra Poonia

Geetika Swami

Commonwealth Games 2018 is going on in Gold Coast, Australia and the official mascot for the season is a blue koala called Borobi whose looks are inspired by a drawing by a Brisbane schoolteacher named Merrilyn Krohn.