Achyutananda Sahoo, who hails from a small village of Orissa, clinched gold in the Youth Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship in Cape Town, South Africa yesterday.
The 17-year-old defied poverty to bag two gold and a silver in the 62kg weight category to put his village on the world map. The locals in his village erupted in joy after the success. "We are poor people.
I never dreamed that my son would travel abroad and make us proud. I am very happy. I have no words to describe," Bairagi Chandra Sahoo, father of the gold medal winner, told PTI.
"I have four children, Achyut is the eldest. The crop return has not been enough to make both ends meet. Thus, to augment the income, I run a grocery shop," he added.