22 January, 2021

Iron Lady

From Sydney to Athens, the standard in women's weightlifting has seen dramatic changes. But since Malleswari has lost weight and should be competing in the 63-kg class, her chances will be better.

Iron Lady
Karnam Malleswari Weightlifting, 63 kg Personal best: 240 kg Sydney 2000 Winner: Chen Xiaomin (China) 242.5 kg World Record: Lu Xia (China) 247.5 kg

At 29, Karnam Malleswari may be considered old. But given her will she has it in her to challenge the young brigade at Athens and repeat her Sydney heroics.

Just before the Sydney Games, a magazine had accused her of being overweight and too fond of beer. But she shot back with a bronze medal and later threatened to sue the magazine. At that time she even contemplated retirement. Motherhood and the death of her father kept her away from the barbells for a while. But the Andhra iron lady is back in the Olympic arena, attempting to win her second individual Olympic medal — a feat no Indian has achieved so far.

From Sydney to Athens, the standard in women’s weightlifting has seen dramatic changes. The Asian record in 69-75 kg class now stands at 270 kg in the name of Liu Chun Hong of China and...



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