Gururaja Pujari is a famous Indian weightlifter. In 2018, he made headlines when he won a silver medal in the men’s 56 kg weight category at the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia. He came into limelight after winning the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham, England in 2022.
Gururaja Pujari was born on Saturday, 15 August 1992.age 30 years; by 2022) in Vandase, Karnataka, India. His zodiac sign is Leo. He completed his primary education at Government Upper Primary School at Vandase in Kundapur Taluk and Mookambika High School in Kollur. During his school days, his body was slim and small but he always competed with his school goons without any fear. This spirit of Pujari persuades his physical education teacher Sukesh Shetty to influence Pujari to take up wrestling. Soon, he started practicing wrestling on mud and clay as his parents did not have a mat for him. He practiced according to the ‘Gatta Gusta’ culture in South Canara and Kollur districts of Karnataka and North Malabar in Kerala. Later, he joined Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara (SDM) College, Ujire to pursue his bachelor’s degree. In college, he started looking for a wrestling coach for professional wrestling training. Meanwhile, he joined a gym after college where he became friends with some famous lifters. Soon, he started meeting these lifters frequently. In 2010, he started practicing weightlifting under the guidance of Rajendra Prasad. Later, he represented his college in weightlifting championships. In a media interaction, Gururaja Pujari said that he changed his interest from wrestling to powerlifting during his college days. he said,
I started going to the gym and there I met some powerlifters. I soon started hanging out with him and doing power-lifting myself.”
Height (approx.): 5′ 1″
Weight (approx): 56 kg
Hair Color: black
Eye Colour: black
parents and siblings
His father’s name is Mahabala Pujari and he works as a truck driver. His mother’s name is Paddu Pujari and she is a housewife. He has five brothers named Rajesh Pujari, Manohar Pujari, Mohan Pujari, Ravirajand Pujari and Uday Pujari. All his brothers are kabaddi players.
She is not married.
Indian Air Force
In 2015, Gururaja Pujari started working as an aircraft-man in the Indian Air Force. In a media interaction, he told that he wanted to join the Indian Army, but height issues prompted him to join the Indian Air Force.
In 2015, Gururaja Pujari participated in the National Weightlifting Championship held in Jalandhar and won a silver medal and an All India University title. After this he participated in the Senior Level Weightlifting Championship held in Jaipur (Rajasthan) in 56 kg weight category and won Silver Medal in 2015. In the same year, he participated and won the Senior Level Weightlifting Championship held in Patiala (Punjab). Bronze medal in 56 kg weight category. She started participating in the Senior National Championships in 2016 and won a gold medal in a national weightlifting event held in Tamil Nadu. He then participated in the Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championships and won the gold medal in 2016 in Penang, Malaysia by lifting a personal best of 249 kg (108+141). In the same year, she participated in the South Asian Games held in Guwahati and won a gold medal in the 56 kg category.
In 2017, he participated in the Commonwealth Championships held in Australia and won a bronze medal. In 2018, he participated in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia and won a silver medal in the men’s 56 kg weight category.
- Silver medal in 56kg category at Gold Coast in 2018
- Bronze medal in 61kg category at Birmingham in 2022
- Gold medal in 56kg category at Penang in 2016
- Silver medal in 61 kg category in 2021 in Tashkent
- Bronze medal in the 56kg category at Gold Coast in 2017
Facts / Trivia
- According to Gururaja Pujari, after Sushil won a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, he was inspired by Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar to opt for wrestling in 2008.
- His coach Rajendra Prasad revealed in a media interview that in 1999, Gururaja Pujari set a record for himself by lifting 193 kg (total in snatch and knee jerk) and broke his own record in 2012. He continued by saying that Gururaja Pujari increased his lifting. Power of 125kgs in 2015.
- Soon after winning the gold medal at the Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championships in 2016, she revealed in a media interview that her family’s standard of living had improved after winning the gold medal. he said,
When I started weightlifting in 2010, things were tough at home. I needed money for my diet and supplements, but my father could not support me. We were a family of eight people. Things are better now.”
- After winning the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, he was awarded the highest sports award ‘Eklavya’ by the Government of Karnataka.
- Talking to the media, Pujari revealed that he was a punctual student during his college days and used to attend regular classes. He said that when he was pursuing his graduation, he was inspired by Indian weightlifter Vikar Thakur, who won a silver medal in Commonwealth Games for the country. He continued by saying that at that time he wanted to win a medal for India. he said,
Then Vikas Thakur won a medal in the last Commonwealth Games and I was inspired. I also wanted to win a medal.”
- The childhood of Gururaja Pujari and his five brothers was spent in poverty. Talking to the media, his mother said that the financial condition of her family improved only when her sons started winning medals for the country. He said that it was only because of the hard work of his sons. He said,
Poverty is something that we have lived in our whole life. Had we been a little affluent financially or had received the necessary support and encouragement, perhaps all my sons could have made our country proud. ,