Who Is Kajol Sargar? She has bagged a Gold Medal in the Khelo India Youth Games in weightlifting. With this development, she becomes the first sportsperson to clinch a gold at Khelo India Youth Games.
Here’s everything you should know about Kajol Sargar
- She hails from Maharashtra and trains under Mayur Sinhasane.
- The 16-year-old is the daughter of a tea stall vendor.
- She is pursuing science at Kasturbai Walchand College.
- Her journey into sports began three years ago when she started watching her brother Sanket train as a weightlifter during her daily visits to the gym.
- She used to watch him climb up the lifting ladder and became one of India’s top lifters.
- She didn’t aspire to become one because weightlifting is not seen as a sport a girl would pursue.
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- The turning point in her life came in 2019 when she saw a girl named Rupa Hangandi from Sangli clinching the gold medal in the Khelo India Youth Games in Pune.
- In her winning speech, she said, “My brother is more than five years older than me. I never really talked sport with him before. It was only after learning about Rupa Hangandi’s success in the Khelo India Youth Games, that I felt that I should also try weightlifting.”
- “I was trying to lift 70kg during training and got hurt. In March, I was out of action for over two months and even missed out on the Nationals in Bhubaneshwar. This title is an important milestone in my three-year journey and would inspire me to work harder.”, she added in the interview.
- She also said that this is just the first step towards what she envisions for herself in weightlifting. She aims to perform for her country in the international circuits soon.
- She also talked about how she and her brother struggled during the pandemic as the fitness centres were closed. She had put on some weight also and the family was struggling financially but her parents were supportive.
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