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Last Updated Wednesday March 21 2018 02:18 PM IST

How a fisherman’s daughters lifted a sporting career with grit

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Kozhikode: The Kishore sisters have earned more medals than their showcase can possibly hold up. Swathi and Swetha brought home more golds from the state-level weightlifting championship held in Kozhikode recently. They are not resting on their laurels though. The ultimate target is a gold for India.

Swathi was chosen as the best lifter in the state championship, while Swetha won a gold medal in the sub-junior 69-kilogram category. Swathi was picked for the honor after she won a gold in the junior 75-kilogram category. She lifted 70 kilograms in snatch and 92 kilograms in clean and jerk.

Both of them will be part of the Kerala team in the national championship to be held in Andhra Pradesh in February.

Swathi started training as a weightlifter when she was a student of the BEM School. Now she is pursuing a B Com degree at the Malabar Christian College. Swetha, a student of the Malabar Christian College Higher Secondary School, was inspired by her older sister.

Their father Kishore Kumar, a fisherman at the Puthiyappa harbor, and mother Anila are offering all support to the girls despite the hardships they face.

The sisters have also to thank K. Sreenath, a trainer at the local gym. Swathi is busy preparing for the next tournaments including the Calicut University championship.

Swetha is expecting to take part in more contests including Khelo India.  

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