Pakistan weightlifter Nooh Dastagir Butt expressed gratitude to his father after winning gold in the Commonwealth Games 2022. On Wednesday, August 3, Butt became the first from his country to win gold in the ongoing event after he came out on top in the 109+ kg category.
The 24-year-old lifted 405kg (173kg snatch and 232kg clean and jerk). While New Zealand’s David Andrew won silver with a 394 kg lift, India’s Gurdeep Singh won bronze with a lift of 390kg.
Butt became the second Pakistani after Shujauddin Malik to win a weightlifting gold in the CWG. Malik won gold in the 85kg category back in 2006.
After finishing on top, the Gujranwala weightlifter thanked his family and friends for supporting him. He also dedicated the medal to his father. Moreover, the weightlifter talked about the hard yards he has had to put in to win gold.
“This wasn’t possible without the support and prayers of my friends and family members. I dedicate this gold medal to my father, who worked for 12 years and helped me reach this stage,” Butt was quoted as saying to the reporters.
“It took me sheer of hard work and dedication to win this gold. Winning a medal for your country is always a proud moment, and gold is something special,” Butt stated.
Back in 2018, Butt also won a medal when he clinched bronze at Gold Coast in the 105+ kg category. Butt has also won four medals in the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2021 Commonwealth Championships.
— ENDS —