Talha Talib in Common Wealth Games
Talha Talib, an 18-year-old weightlifter from Gujranwala, won the first medal for Pakistan in the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games. The weightlifter lifted 283kg to claim the bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games held in Australia’s Gold Coast. He also created a Commonwealth Games record by lifting 132kg in the snatch event. Talha lost to Malaysia’s Anzil Bidin, who lifted 288kg for gold and Papua New Guinea’s Morea Baru who lifted 286kg for silver.
Pakistan has fielded weightlifters in five categories and the squad has two reserved players as well. Pakistani Weightlifting Federation had been preparing the athletes for the event for over a year. Next, the country pinned their hopes on Nooh Dastagir Butt who won Pakistan’s second bronze medal of the ongoing Commonwealth Games. Nooh won the bronze by lifting a total of 395kg in the +105kg event. 56 Pakistani athletes are representing Pakistan in the Commonwealth Games 2018. Being held at Gold Coast, Australia, from April 4 to April 15.