Harshada Sharad Garud first Indian to win gold medal at IWF Junior World Championships

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In weightlifting, Harshada Sharad Garuda created history by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal at the IWF Junior World Championships in Heraklion, Greece.

  • She lifted 153 kg in the 45 kg weight category, including 70 kg in snatch and 83 kg in clean and jerk, and topped the podium.

  • Garuda surpassed eight contestants as India won a medal on the first day of competition.

  • Turkey's Bektas Kansu won the silver medal, while Teodora-Luminita Hinku of Moldova won the bronze.

  • Another Indian in the same weight category, Anjali Patel, finished fifth with a total effort of 148kg, which included 67kg in snatch and 81kg in clean and jerk.

  • Prior to Harshada, there are only two Indians to have won a medal at the IWF Junior World Championships.

  • Mirabai Chanu won the bronze medal in 2013 and Achinta Shuli won the silver medal last year.

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