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  • Alok Sheuli, Achinta's brother gave up on his dream of pursuing weightlifting
  • Achinta Sheuli & Jeremy Lalrinnunga are roommates and train together

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The once underweight & malnourished Achinta Sheuli lifted a Games record of 313kgs to win the Gold in the 73kg category at Birmingham 2022.

From mastering needlework to lifting kilos of weights on a barbell...

20-year-old Achinta Sheuli has come a long way.

His story of becoming India's 3rd Commonwealth Games Gold medallist at Birmingham 2022 is that of pain, perseverance, and determination.

The once underweight & malnourished Achinta lifted a Games record of 313kgs to win the Gold in the 73kg category in England.

Having lost his father at the very young age of 11, the star who lives in a modest house in Deulpur, roughly an hour from Kolkata, worked as a tailor to help his mother.

Taking inspiration from a bodybuilding show on television, the Sheuli brothers, Alok and Achinta decided to step into the world of lifters.

Achinta dedicated his Gold to his family's sacrifice, his brother's pain; the pain of stepping away from his dream to help Achinta realise his...

Despite the financial implications, his mother, Purnima Sheuli never undermined her son's dreams of bringing an international medal home.

And thus, juggling between tailoring and weightlifting, Sheuli embarked on his journey of becoming the best in the business.

Determined to drive his family out of the shackles of poverty, Achinta's skills first came to the fore in 2015, when he won the silver medal at Commonwealth Youth Championship. Since then, the youngster hasn't relaxed. He has bagged medals at various events like Junior Asian Championships, Junior World Championships & the Commonwealth Championships.

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Not many know that Achinta & fellow CWG medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga, apparently have an interesting connection as well. Both were roommates since their training days.

Dead set on winning accolades for their nation, the two friends, who 'would forget about home when together', would persevere alongside each other. While they have brought home the Commonwealth glory, they've only just started.

All of India will be hoping that this was just a trailer and that they'll shine the brightest in days to come.

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