Katulu Ravi Kumar
Katulu Ravi Kumar at the 2012 London Olympics
|Birth name||Katulu Ravi Kumar|
|Born||24 April 1988 (age 26)
Berhampur, Odisha, India
K. Ravi Kumar hails from Berhampur in Odisha. He started weightlifting at the Veer Hanuman Club in the city. K. Ravi Kumar, originally a bodybuilder, took up weightlifting just three years before the 2010 Commonwealth games, and won with a record total of 321 kg (708 lb). He was born and brought up in Berhampur, Odisha, K. Ravi Kumar belongs to an ordinary family. Seven year before, he used to practice body building in a club. However, after his trainer Narayan Sahu's counsel he changed his attention towards weightlifting, which at last made him an outstanding performer.
K. Ravi Kumar won many State, National, and International awards in this short span of time. He won 3 gold medals in 2009 Commonwealth Games held at Penang, Malaysia. Then in 2010, he won 3 Gold medals in New Delhi Commonwealth games. He lifted 147 kg (324 lb) in Snatch, 175 kg (386 lb) in Clean and Jerk and a total 321 kg (708 lb) in weightlifting. In 2011, he won 3 bronze medals in senior weightlifting championship at Tongling, China. He also won 3 gold medals in senior weightlifting championship held at Bangalore. K. Ravi Kumar now works with Indian Army.
- S. Sabanayakan. Ravi Kumar, Renu Bala win India's first golds. The Hindu.
- http://www.hindustantimes.com/Record-breaker-Ravi-Kumar-grabs-11th-gold-for-India/Article1-609235.aspx Record-breaker Ravi Kumar grabs 11th gold for India. October 6, 2010. Recently he was conferreed with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by Smt. Pratibha Patil, the Hon'ble President of India.
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