Gururaja Poojary wins Bronze For India in Commonwealth Games, know his career, age, background, height, weight and more

31 Jul, 2022
Gururaja Poojary wins Bronze For India in Commonwealth Games, know his career, age, background, height, weight and more

The Gururaja Poojary, commonly known as P. With a total weight of 269 kg, Gururaja took home the bronze medal for India in the men's 61 kg weight division. This is the country's second medal from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Who is Gururaja Poojary?

In the men's 56kg weight division, the weightlifter also took home a silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Poojari is from the village of Vandse in the Karnataka province of Udupi. His father drives trucks. His five brothers count.

He first attempted wrestling before being encouraged to take up weightlifting by Rajendra Prasad, a watchful coach at SDM College in Ujire.

 

 

Gururaja Poojary Age

He was born on 15 August 1992 (age 29) in Vandse, Karnataka, India.

Gururaja Poojary Education

He went to SDM College, Ujire. 

Gururaja Poojary Statement

“I wanted to be a wrestler after watching Sushil Kumar’s bronze in 2008 Olympics,” the 25-year-old said ahead of his July 30 game. “My coach reminded me how much this medal means to me and I have to lift it,” he says. His total of 249kg took him to silver. “I could have done better.

“I used to stay back in college so that I never missed classes. My family would support me financially in whatever way they could,” he says. “Then Vikas Thakur won a medal at the last Commonwealth Games and I was inspired. Even I wanted to win a medal.”

Gururaja Poojary Career

Gururaja won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Championship in Australia in 2017. Gururaja, who started weightlifting in 2010, had achieved a personal best of 249 kg (108+141) in Penang in 2016 to win gold in the Commonwealth senior weightlifting tournament. He had won gold at the South Asian Games earlier that year. Prior to moving to weightlifting and subsequently power lifting, he had been a wrestler.

Gururaja Poojary Height and Weight

Height: 1.55 m (5 ft 1 in) (2018)

Weight: 56 kg (123 lb) (2018)

 

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