Later on Wednesday night, Nooh Dastgir Butt won Pakistan’s first gold medal in the +109kg weightlifting competition at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Nooh had stated that he hoped to improve upon his bronze medal finish from his previous appearance at the Commonwealth Games. He did, however, surpass expectations by lifting 173 kg in the snatch and 232 kg in the clean and jerk, both records for the Commonwealth Games, to finish with a total of 405 kg.
Nooh had previously stated that he needed to take home a medal that was “greater than bronze” for his father and his nation. He believes that maintaining a bronze medal is no longer sufficient.
“My goal is to perform better today because my father was really disappointed with me the last time I got bronze and he stopped talking to me for a while. Just one thing, please.” For this occasion, I sincerely ask for the prayers of my fellow Pakistanis.
While Nooh previously consistently won silver and bronze medals at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships from 2015 to 2017, along with holding several national records, he also brought home a bronze medal from the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. However, Nooh is now more experienced and adept at strategizing.