Age: 22 Years
Hometown: Sangli, Maharashtra
Marital Status: Unmarried
Some lesser known facts about Sanket Mahadev Sargar
- Sanket Mahadev Sargar is an Indian weightlifter who holds the national and Commonwealth record of 256 kg in the men’s 55 kg weight category. He won the silver medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham by lifting a total of 248 kg.
- Sanket Sargar belongs to a family with a background of tea seller parents. In an interview, his father said,
I used to tell him that my father sells bananas and I sell tea and pakora. So dream big.”
- Hailing from the weightlifting belt of Sangli, he was inclined towards sports since childhood. In an interview he said,
The children of our locality hardly play any other sport. I got into weightlifting when I was 13 years old.”
- Sanket’s father, a fan of weightlifting coach Nana Singhsane, enrolled him in 2012 at the Digvijay Weightlifting Center run by Singhsane, which was located near his tea stall.
- However, when Sanket started training, his schedule was very busy. Describing his routine in an interview, he said,
When I started training in weightlifting, I even had to help him at the tea stall. My day used to start at 6 in the morning at the shop, where I would prepare stuff for the day before leaving for my training. After school, I used to manage the addition of paan as well.”
- In 2017, he began training under coach Mayur Singhsane, the son of Nana Singhsane.
- Sanket first dreamed of winning a medal in the Commonwealth Games when he saw Gururaja Pujari winning a silver medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on TV while managing a tea stall.
- When the onset of Covid-19 disrupted his training, Mayur sent Sanket a barbell and squat set to train at home. Since Sanket used to train on the first floor, he had to do it carefully. However, he had suffered a back injury at that time.
- When he arrived in Bhubaneswar to compete at the 2022 IWLF Youth, Junior and Senior National Weightlifting Championships, he weighed 1.7 kg over the permissible limit and had to drastically reduce his intake to be eligible to compete.
- In an interview, he revealed that he had entertained thoughts of quitting the sport during the lockdown due to the family’s closed business and his back injury. he said,
It was a time (lockdown) when I thought of quitting the sport. There was almost no business at my father’s tea shop and the practice at home meant I had a back injury. But my father continued to inspire me by showing me old newspaper clips of my medal-winning performance.”
- Before joining the National Weightlifting Camp in Patiala, Sargar helped his parents run a family-owned tea shop in Sangli, Maharashtra.
- In the national camp, he trained under Vijay Sharma and Olympic silver medalist Mirabai Chanu.
- He set a new snatch record at the 2021 Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan where he lifted 113kg.
- Sanket Sargar was selected to represent India through a trial at NIS Patiala.
- During his third attempt in the clean and jerk at the Commonwealth Games 2022, Sanket tried to lift 139 kg, but he failed to do so and injured his right hand. However, he secured a silver medal at the CWG 2022 by becoming India’s first medalist.
- In an interview, he revealed that he wanted to compete in the 61kg category in the 2024 Olympics. he said,
I want to make it to the 2024 Olympics and I have to move up to 61kg. It will be a huge leap and it will take me two years to fully prepare for it, but I am determined to get there.”