Pakistani weightlifter Nooh Dastagir Butt has bagged a maiden gold medal in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2022. In the 109+kg category, Butt lifted 173kg in snatch and set a new record. In clean and jerk, he lifted 232kg to set another record. In total, he lifted 405kg to claim a gold medal for Pakistan.
“This wasn’t possible without the support and prayers of my friends and family members,” said Butt while talking to Geo News. “I dedicate this gold medal to my father, who worked for 12 years and helped me reach this stage.”
“Winning a medal for your country is always a proud moment, and gold is something special.”
“I have done my duty. Now it’s up to the government of Pakistan to do their job,” he added.
Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif congratulated Nooh on winning a gold medal for Pakistan.
“Prime Minister sahb Well done say BAAT nahe chalni, Butt Sahab Kay name ka flyover hona chahiye,” Twitter user Faizan Khan commented on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s congratulatory tweet after Nooh Butt won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games last night.
“Or a dam,” was PM Shehbaz’s candid response.
Social media users are expressing their joy over the achievement of the weightlifter from Gujranwala.
Have a look at some of the tweets:
Butt won a bronze medal in the 105+kg division at the 2018 CWG. Pakistan won a gold medal in the CWG’s weightlifting event in 2006 when Shujauddin Malik won gold in the 85kg division.