Deepak Lather (born: 25.3.2000) is a weightlifter who won the bronze medal in the men's 69 kg weight class at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. He is pursuing Business administration and management at PDM University, Bahadurgarh, India. He is from Shadipur village in Julana tahsil of Jind district in Haryana.
Teenager Deepak Lather on Friday became the youngest Indian weightlifter to claim a Commonwealth Games medal, clinching a bronze in the men’s 69kg category here.
Deepak Lather: Farm boy to strong man
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He is the youngest person to hold a Indian national record in weightlifting. He is a Naib Subedar in Bombay Sappers in the Indian Army.
Jonathan Selvaraj meets the boy from Shadipur who talks about ploughing the field, lugging sacks of fodder on his back, carrying his tired mother across the field, and, of course, the sporting dreams that fire him up.
As he swipes his thumb along the glass screen of his large mobile phone that rarely leaves his side, little suggests Deepak Lather is anything but a regular 15-year old. He flicks past selfies featuring himself in stylish clothes, gelled hair and only the wispy hints of facial fuzz. Those pictures in turn follow bare torsoed gym-room mirror shots, photographs of himself in trendy malls in foreign shores and yet another posing with a pretty young girl. This perception of Deepak being the typical boy next door lasts until the moment his calloused thumb – a hint at a less leisurely lifestyle — stops at one particular video and presses the play button in the middle of the screen.
It’s a video shot during the recently-concluded Senior Weightlifting Nationals at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala. It features Deepak himself. The smooth, pale-faced boy, here seen with hair combed in a school boyish side parting, walks up to the bar loaded with 126kg of iron weights. He grasps the knurled metal and in one seemingly fluid motion, launches the bar along his body, grazing his knees and over his head while simultaneously dropping his hips down to a half squat receiving position. His elbows lock out, catching the spinning bar in place and he finally straightens his upper body to complete the Olympic weightlifting movement known as the snatch.
As he drops the weight down, he folds his palms together and acknowledges the cheers of his peers, some a decade older than he is. Deepak has just shattered the country’s long-standing weightlifting record in Olympic snatch in the 62kg category. With three months to go before he turns 16, Deepak is the youngest Indian weightlifter with a national record.
Lather is technically the first record holder. “After the world weightlifting federation (IWF) changed the categories, the Indian weightlifting federation came up with 125kg as the Indian standard for the 62kg class. No one could be considered the record holder until he lifted that mark. But for the eight years since the Indian standard was decided, no one could,” explains Pal Singh Sandhu, a Dronacharya Award winning coach and chief referee at the nationals.
Deepak’s clean and jerk lift – the second of the two lifts of Olympic weightlifting – is a relatively more modest 141kg. But his total of 267kg is enough to win him the national championship, making him the youngest ever Indian to achieve the feat
दीपक लाठर ने 21वें कॉमनवेल्थ गेम्स में ब्रॉन्ज मेडल अपने नाम किया है। वेटलिफ्टिंग में दीपक ने 69 किग्रा कैटेगरी में ये पदक अपने नाम किया है। हरियाणा में जींद जिले के गांव शादीपुर निवासी दीपक लाठर है। दीपक को 15 वर्ष की उम्र में उसके द्वारा हासिल की गई उपलब्धि पर 2015 में तत्कालीन राष्ट्रपति प्रणब मुखर्जी द्वारा बेस्ट चाइल्ड अवार्ड देकर सम्मानित किया गया था।
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