Tamil Nadu weightlifter V. Tamilselvan’s look ahead to a maiden podium end got here to an finish on Thursday as he claimed the lads’s 81kg class bronze medal on the Khelo India College Video games right here.
Underneath the watchful eyes of his father and coach L. Vinayagamoorthy, a former national-level weightlifting silver-medallist himself, Tamilselvan lifted a mixed whole of 264 (110+145) to take residence his first medal in 10 occasions. Creditably, at 18, he was the youngest lifter within the occasion, along with his opponents no less than two years older.
“It feels great to finally have my first medal. My hard work has paid off and this will serve as a huge boost to me,” stated Tamilselvan, who’s pursuing a BA diploma in historical past from Thiruvalluvar College in Vellore.
When requested if he grew up desirous to observe his father’s footsteps, he stated, “I have actually never seen any videos of my father weightlifting. I have only seen a few photos. I joined the gym just to stay fit, and it just so happened that I found my calling in weightlifting.”
Whereas father-son squabbles are widespread, particularly after they work as coach and son, the teenager says the 2 of them share an indomitable bond. “My father has been a pillar of support. He has never put pressure on me and has been very patient with me throughout, even at times when I struggled.”
Vinayagamoorthy, who’s at the moment a Sports activities Growth Authority of Tamil Nadu coach at Vellore, provides, “He took it up as a hobby, but has been seriously lifting only over the last year. Now that he has finally won a medal, you can expect a lot more from him.”