The weightlifter secured India's ninth medal at the Commonwealth Games, and their seventh in weightlifting during CWG 2022 

Tug-of-war to weightlifting,
rise of Harjinder Kaur

Harjinder lifted a total of 212 kg (93 kg snatch and 119 kg clean and jerk) to help increase India's tally of medals to nine 

Bronze-winning effort

Harjinder Kaur was born at Mehas village near Nabha, and played kabaddi at the government girl's school, even playing to the college kabaddi squad

About her life

Her coach Parminder Sharma saw her talent in the tug of war and took her into the sport of weightlifting while with the sports wing at Punjab University

From Kabaddi to TOW

While struggling, her father used to give her Rs 350 for the return to college hostel in Sri Anandpur from Nabha and Rs 350 as pocket money

Her struggles

Her early podium finishes included All India Inter University champion, silver in the Senior Nationals, and silver at the Khelo India Inter University games

Early success

England's Sarah Davies won a gold medal with a 229 kg lift, while Canada's Alexis Ashworth won the silver medal with a 214 kg

Her competitors

"There is no medal without hard work but there was definitely some divine intervention today, not some, but in entirety, I think."

Her words after the medal

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