Nanjing (China): Weightlifter Ragala Venkat Rahul on Thursday, bagged India's first medal in the second Youth Olympic Games by winning a silver in the men's 77kg category in Nanjing, China.
According to information received in New Delhi, Rahul lifted 141 kg in snatch, followed by 175 kg in clean and jerk to finish with a total of 316 kg. This was his personal best performance in the total lift, six kilogram more than he did during the 2013 Asian Youth Games held in Nanjing.
This was also the first medal for India in weightlifting in Youth Olympic Games.
Earlier in the day, Maymon Poulose and Mithravarun qualified for the Final-A stage in the 110 metres hurdles and discus throw respectively in the athletics events.
Poulose clocked 13.64sec in the 110m hurdles heats, which is also a new national record (youth) and personal best, while Mithravarun threw a personal best of 54.71 metres in discus throw. Both of them have advanced to the Final-A stage, which is the second stage of the competition.
India had won eight medals - six silver and two bronze -in the inaugural Youth Olympics in 2010 in Singapore.