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SINGH RAHELU Rajinder
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC India   
GenderMen
Age45
Place of BirthJalandhar, IND
Height1.52 m
Weight 78 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Jaswinder Kaur, daughter Ridhima
Residence
India
Occupation
Coach
Languages
English, Hindi, Punjabi
Higher education
Computing - Guru Nanak Dev University [GNDU]: Amritsar, IND
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting in 1995 in Mehsampur, India.
Why this sport?
"I was inspired by my friend Surinder Singh Rana and I decided to do something different in life."
Club / Team
PHS Youth and Sports Club Mehsampur: India
Name of coach
Vijay Munishwar [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
India
Tournament
Asian Championships
Location
New Delhi, IND
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, and claiming a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Indian Para javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Compete with yourself every day and be positive." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2006 he received the Arjuna Award from the president of India. (ibnlive.in.com, 26 Aug 2006)

He was named the 2003 Strongman of India. (melbourne2006.com.au, 03 Apr 2006)
Impairment
He has impaired muscle power in his legs as a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness at age eight months. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017; zeenews.india.com, 25 Aug 2015; ketto.org, 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
In August 2015 he began working as a weightlifting coach for the Sports Authority of India [SAI] at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala, India. (Facebook profile, 06 Jun 2017; zeenews.india.com, 25 Aug 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2004 56kg 157.5
5 2008 60kg 170.0
  2012 67.5kg  NoM
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2002 56kg 142.5
7 2010 67.5kg 175.0
  2014 72kg  NoM
9 2017 80kg 181.0
Commonwealth Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2006 Bench Press 170.00
4 2010 Bench Press 190.2
2 2014 Bench Press Heavyweight 180.5
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
  2014 80kg  DSQ