Celebration for Kajol Sargar results in a little break she will get from her controlled diet. The 17-year-old from Sangli has scooped the first gold medal at the Khelo India Youth Games, 2021 to be held in Panchkula, Haryana.
Training under Mayur Sinhanse at the Digvijay Weightlifting Institute in Sangli, Kajol lifted a total of 113kg (Snatch-50kg; Clean and Jerk-63kg) in the women’s 40kg category and kicked off the medal count for the reigning champion state of Maharashtra. .
“This is just the first step towards what I envision for myself in weightlifting. My goal is to play for my country in the international circuits soon,” she said.
Younger brother of 2021 Commonwealth qualified weightlifter Sanket Sargar, Kajol started weightlifting at the age of 14. weightlifting team. That’s when he pushed me to join my brother in the sport,” said Kajol, daughter of tea shop owner Mahadev Ananda Sargar and Rajshree Sargar.
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While the bronze medal at the national championships held in Patiala in August 2019 secured Kajol a spot in the Khelo India Youth Games Maharashtra squad, the pandemic has hit the weightlifter’s training.
“I’ve been training with my coach for three years and the medal is the result of hard work. In fact, my brother also often advises me on my diet, my training and my technique. The confinement was difficult for my brother and I as athletes because the fitness centers were closed. I had also gained weight and we were on a tight budget at home. But our parents have been hugely supportive of us through it all and they have faith in us that we will bring home the laurels,” she said.
Kajol, a science student at Kasturbai Walchand College, said that although her first encounter with sport was athletics when she was younger, she now juggles training three times a day, academics and managing the his family’s store.