Venkat Rahul Ragala, age 21 (as on published date) is an Indian weightlifter who won the gold medal in the men’s 85 kg weight class at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Rahul became India’s first-ever gold medallist in the 85 kg men’s weightlifting category.
Gold – 2
Silver – 1
Bronze – 0
Weight – 84 kgs
Height – 5.9″ (175 cm)
Personal Life & Family
Venkat Rahul was on born 16 March 1997 at Stuartpuram, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. Rahul was trained by his father, Madhu, sports person himself. His younger brother, Varun, is a weightlifter and also a Commonwealth Youth champion as well.
Venkat Rahul with his Parents
Mother – unknown
The story of their sensational success began in the early 90s when Mr Madhu saw the potential of the two boys. He trained them in the house and later admitted them in the Sports School at Hakimpet in Telangana when the boys passed Class 3.
Undeterred by financial pressures, he pushed himself and raised his sons as sportspersons. He sold his house and pooled ₹25 lakh and began living in Hyderabad.
The hard work paid off as the boys started winning in national tourneys and made a mark in the international tourneys.
“I always believed in the potential of my sons and know that they will win medals in the Commonwealth Games. Though I am a sportsman myself, I never got any encouragement, and that made me determined to train my sons,’’ said Mr Madhu.
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He had made his mark earlier at the Commonwealth Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships in 2013, winning two golds in Malaysia as a 17-year-old.
In 2014, Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, Rahul had become the country’s first Junior Olympics medallist in weightlifting, winning silver in the 77 kg-category.
The 21-year-old failed to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio but won the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships the next year.
Ragala Gold Medal at 2018 Commonwealth Games
Venkat Rahul won the gold medal in the men’s 85 kg weight class at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. He lifted a total of 338 kg (151 kg in snatch and 187 kg in clean and jerk).