Guwahati: Bringing yet another moment of pride for the state, Assam’s juvenile powerlifter Gulap Gogoi broke the junior nationals record at clean and jerk score record and total score record in the 81 kg, Under-21 men’s weightlifting event at the ongoing 3rd Khelo India Youth Games 2020 in Guwahati on Monday.
The 19-year-old sportsperson hailing from Upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district recorded a snatch score of 120 and a clean and jerk score of 155, clinching the gold medal with a total score of 275.
Sharing his thoughts over his performance at Khelo India Youth Games, Gogoi expressed that he should have performed better in the competition. “I am feeling good about breaking the record, but I feel I should’ve done better. But anyway, I am feeling good about doing well here,” Gogoi said.
It is to be informed that 19-year-old junior nationals record-breaker Gogoi is also undergoing practice at his hometown to perform well at the Commonwealth Championship trials.
Talking about his weightlifting career and practicing schedules, Gogoi said that he started weightlifting in 2014 in Dibrugarh and currently he is with the Indian Army and practises at the India camp in Patiala.
“I am currently practising for the trials for the Commonwealth Championship (junior tournament), which will take place in February,” he added.
Revealing how he got introduced to weightlifting and his passion, Gogoi revealed that he came across the sport while going to a gym at his hometown.
“I used to go to a gym in my hometown and then I saw people do weightlifting there. So then even I tried it and liked the sport. Thereafter, I took part in competitions and eventually went for the trials in Bhopal. I did well there and got a chance to join the Indian Army four months ago,” said the weightlifter.
Gogoi, who won bronze in youth nationals and silver in junior nationals, expressed that it was tough for his family to provide financial support for his sporting career at the beginning.
“My father works in the police. We have faced a few financial issues while procuring supplements for my game, but we have managed so far. At first, my family didn’t understand weightlifting very well. I am the first sportsperson in my family. I kept learning about the sport and moved forward on my own. Now, my family gives their full support to me. I have the backing of the Indian Army as well. They are helping me to reach greater heights in the sport,” Gogoi said.
Meanwhile, as on Monday (2 pm), Assam stood at 7th position in the medal tally with 43 medals (15 gold, 13 silver and 15 bronze). On top of the charts was Haryana with 101 medals (30 gold, 31 silver and 40 bronze), followed by Uttar Pradesh at 73 medals (23 gold, 24 silver and 36 bronze) and Karnataka at 51 medals (19 gold, 17 silver and 15 bronze).