Achinta Sheuli casts a thoughtful smile as he holds the Commonwealth Games gold medal in one hand and a mascot in the other. He’s measured in his celebration, and calm despite the tremendous achievement. Late on Sunday night, at the NEC Hall in Birmingham, the 20-year-old weightlifter won India’s third gold at Birmingham 2022, in the men’s 73 kg weight-division.
Yet his mind remained not on the accolade, but on that sense of vindication. The sense that all that he and his family had endured, he had now finally made the effort worth it. Promptly, he gave thanks and dedicated his medal to his older brother Alok along with his coach.
“This medal is really important in my life. I want more in life. I want to dedicate this to my coach here and also to my brother. My brother backed me after my father’s death those (many) years back by leaving his game,” he said later to Sony Sports Network.
Years ago, before Achinta stood on the podium in Birmingham having lifted a Games record total of 313 kg for the gold (170 kg in clean and jerk and a Games record 143 kg in…