Age: 25 Years
Some lesser known facts about Ragala Venkata Rahul
- Ragala Venkata Rahul is an Indian weightlifter who booked tickets for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in June 2022.
- He was born and brought up in Stuartpuram, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India.
- In the 90s, his father, himself a sportsperson, enrolled Ragala and his brother in a sports school in Hakimpet, Telangana, where they studied till the third standard. Later, his father collected Rs 25 lakh and moved to Hyderabad with his family. In an interview, his father talked about his sons’ ability to become skilled players and said,
I have always believed in the potential of my sons and I know they will win medals in the Commonwealth Games. Though I am a sportsperson myself, I never got any encouragement and it made me determined to train my sons.
- Ragala received her training in weightlifting from Telangana State Sports School.
- In 2012, he won his first international medal, a gold, at the Youth Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships held in Samoa.
- In 2013, he won the gold medal at the Asian Youth Games in the men’s weightlifting category of 77 kg.
- In 2014, he won gold medals in the Asian Youth (Yoga Qualification) and Junior Championships in the 77 kg category. In the same year, he won a silver medal at the Summer Youth Olympics.
- In 2015, he started working as ‘Ticket Collector’ at Secunderabad Railway Station.
- In 2015, 2017, and 2019, he won silver, gold and silver respectively at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships.
- In 2017, his brother Kunal Varun won a gold medal at the Australian Weightlifting Championship in the 77kg category. Kunal has won more than 60 medals in weightlifting, and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Once he was given a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh.
- In 2018, she won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia in the 85 kg category; He lifted 338 kg (151 kg + 187 kg) to achieve this feat. In an interview, he credited this achievement to his parents and his coach and said,
He worked very hard for me and he is the reason I am who I am today. My coaches also supported me a lot.”
- After the 2018 Commonwealth Games, she suffered a minor knee injury, after which she had to abstain from weightlifting for seven months. Reportedly, he spent Rs 5 lakh to recover from the injury and after recovering, he won a medal in the Inter-Railway Championship.
- In 2019, she won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Senior Championships in the 89kg category; He lifted a total of 325 kg (145 kg snatch, and 180 kg clean and jerk).
- Rahul has got his parents tattooed on his chest. In an interview, he talked about this tattoo and said,
My mother passed away two years ago and I got this tattoo two months after she lost her. This is my way of showing my love for them.”