Sathish Sivalingam had a disappointing run at Rio Olympics 2016 where he failed to qualify for the final of the men’s 77 kg category. He eventually ran out of medal contention and crashed out of the event. He stood fourth in his group. It was a good show considering that it could be described as a gruelling performance. He had a total score of 329 after three attempts each in the snatch phase as well as the clean and jerk phase. ALSO READ: Rio Olympics 2016: Full list of India’s 120 athletes who qualified this year’s for Rio Olympics Also Read - Indian Navy Inducts Two American Predator Drones On Lease, Can Be Deployed On China Border
One has to give him points for completing his event apart from a creditable fourth position. At only 24, one is sure that he will be back in contention come 2020. The event was divided into two groups and Sahish’s group started earlier. Not all weightlifters were able to complete the event, which is why one must appreciate what Sathish did. He was last in news in 2014 where he won gold in Commonwealth Games in the same category. ALSO READ: Rio Olympics 2016 India: Schedule, Fixtures of Events in IST Also Read - India’s Ban on 43 Chinese Apps May Affect Beijing’s Digital Silk Route Ambitions | Here’s How
His actual weight is between 76 and 77 kg and one has to give him full marks for putting his best foot forward. Unfortunately, his best was not good enough but he can go back with his head held high. One though would have imagined that he may have come closer in Rio considering his outstanding show in 2014 but that was not to be. Also Read - Nepal: Five Elderly People Returning from India Killed in Road Mishap
India have not done well in weightlifting since Sydney and Rio was their chance but it was not to be. Meanwhile, weightlifting has to really look for an opening and see if they can get some success in the Olympics. Only then will the sport get the limelight that it badly needs. It will help the sport raise its profile enough to have more weightlifters come in the fray and represent India at platforms like the Olympics.
For now we will have to wait till the 2020 Games but hope that the Indian weightlifters will be back and give the sport the hope it badly needs. Today’s competition was gripping and it is unfortunate that our athlete did not have the luck that he badly needed at this event.