Commonwealth Games 2022: There was definitely some divine intervention, says Harjinder Kaur after bronze win

Harjinder Kaur won bronze medal in the women’s 71kg division to bring home India’s ninth medal in the Commonwealth Games 2022.

Harjinder Kaur (right) poses after her bronze finish. (Courtesy: Reuters)


  • This was India’s 7th medal in weightlifting
  • Harjinder sneaked into third position after the gold medal-favourite failed
  • Harjinder spoke about her family background

India’s Harjinder Kaur won a bronze medal in the women’s 71kg weightlifting event in the Commonwealth Games 2022 on Monday, 1 August. The athlete was lucky to get into the bronze position after gold medal favourite Nigeria’s Joy Eze failed to in all three attempts in the clean and jerk event.

Speaking exclusively to India Today after the completion of the event, Harjinder said that there was definitely some divine intervention on the day.

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“There is no medal without hard work but there was definitely some divine intervention today, not some, but in entirety, I think. Everybody who prayed for me, their prayers have been answered. The main prayers were of my mother and father’s and I think they got an answer from God today,” the teary-eyed athlete said.

Stating that she was not happy with her performance, the athlete indicated that she has much more to her.

“I am happy with the medal, but I was not happy with my performance. I have lifted more weight and the plan was to match that, but I have managed a medal, so, it’s okay I guess,” she said.

“The plan that I came in with, but it did not work out. If I would have put my best foot forward, I could have been in contention for the silver medal,” she further added.

Asked about her struggle and her humble family background, she replied that it was her coach that supported her in the journey.

“When I started off in 2016, I did not get any financial support from my family, but I have been morally supported by my family. My coach Paramjeet Sharma helped me out a lot in those days and he had the faith that I would be bringing a medal today, and his faith I think won me my medal,” she completed her interview.

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