“I never thought that when I take part in the Olympics, there will be such reactions and help in Pakistan,” said a calm Talha Talib, tired and sleepy after his record-breaking performance at the Tokyo Olympics. He said while reflecting on the situation. With his father and his loved ones, training in a non-standard make-shift gym is a feat he worked hard for.
The 21-year-old became the first Pakistani weightlifter to compete in weightlifting on July 25 after more than four decades. Talha was well aware of the importance and lack of resources compared to the top weightlifters fighting against him, but he wanted to make Pakistan proud and did his best to take an early lead in the event. He led the board with more than 10kg, but finished fifth in bronze with just 5kg.
Talha was brave enough to pursue her Olympic dream as she did not have the resources to compete in so many international competitions and was also facing dismissal notice for a make-up shift gym which They were training. Military degradation in providing him with better equipment and facilities made his path more difficult, but he stood firm in the face of adversity.
“I just want to thank everyone who made me happy and supported me. I’m very grateful. But I want to say that please see another weightlifter at the Olympics for the next 45 years.” Don’t wait, “Talha told the Express Tribune. “Do as much as you can for sports, for weightlifting, for all sports, but for weightlifting, please make sure I’m not the only one there. I shouldn’t be the only one. We need nurseries, we need to nurture skills. I come from the youth system. I had seen very difficult days, many hard times, even when I was young and alone in the national camp in Lahore. I even spent two years in Lahore alone, no matter what the weather was like, but I worked really hard for it. I just want to say, please don’t wait another 45 years. Please, we need constant support and constant facilities and promotion for Unistors.
“The difference of two kilos was not much and it could have been covered if I had got proper facilities and resources.”
Talha is a gold medalist in the South Asian Games, when she scored 150 in snatch and 170 in clean and jerk to score a total of 320 in the ongoing Olympics. He set a national record for the best total in 67kg and also the best snatch and best clean and jerk by a Pakistani athlete.
“My snatch has always been good, even when I was a child. Talha said on the phone that I always enjoyed it when she commented on her performance. In competitions at the Louis Xavier Mosque in Colombia. His snatch was the textbook and second best, winning a silver medal on the podium with a total of 331. He took the lead in cleanliness, while Italy’s Merco Zani won a bronze medal with a total of 322. Weighed kilograms.
He said that it was a good atch and total score in Pakistan as only Noah Dastgir Butt lifted more than that and he is in the heaviest category. I know that means I set a national record, South Asian and I think the Commonwealth, so I’m happy. “Even my father used to say that about it, he was good at snatching, maybe I took it after that, so snatching is my strength,” said the Commonwealth Games record holder.
Talha was without a suitable coach as he was accompanied by Hafiz Imran Butt, head of the Pakistan Weightlifting Federation. At one point he was seen alone on screen during the competition, and it was a big embarrassment because he was without his father, Muhammad Islam Natiq, who was training him and at the Asian Championships in Tashkent in April. Were also by his side. Talha won a bronze medal in snatch with a weight of 148kg.
Talha’s performance was even more astonishing as he was one of the three athletes to arrive in Tokyo late from the contingent due to the flight schedule. He even spent barely three days getting used to the environment. Talha left Lahore for Tokyo on July 21. If anyone looks at the surprise, the feat becomes even bigger.
While Talha needed a two- to three-member coaching staff, which was not available to him, he lost his father, but he pursued his education wholeheartedly.
“I was thinking about my father and my family and I just had to lift weights better enough to perform. However, yesterday I had in mind, I couldn’t get it. But that’s fine. Not getting what we want.But yes, my dad was training me, and usually the person who is coaching a player regularly is also a good coach at the event, so we have to The students said, “We need a few people to coordinate, to look at the score and calculate, but it was also good, I asked someone special to help. Recruited, “Talha said.
At the ceremony, the world saw a Palestinian official helping Talha. It was not something that happened on the spot.
Talha said he wanted to stand with the Palestinian official as he expressed solidarity with the traumatized and oppressed Palestinians at the hands of Israeli defense forces since the beginning of this year, even during the holy month of Ramadan.
The idea of having a Palestinian coach came from Natiq, who suggested that he should be briefly trained by a Palestinian official when Natiq himself could not be there.
“I want to make it clear that we are with the Palestinians. We Pakistanis stand with them and the official we all saw was with another team. But we trained together for two days, and I’m very grateful for that. My dad came up with the idea because he knows what I feel and how I can perform.
The Gujranwala-based athlete said that he had done a great job with Muskara in this program, while his heart went to the weightlifter who was disqualified. He feels that relationships with other athletes are important and that someone needs to take on others.
“I hate Turkish weightlifters and French weightlifters. It is so difficult for an athlete to accept even what happened. I was depressed for them, “Talha said.
Conquering the world on his mind
Talha’s next targets are next year’s South Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships.
“Every athlete grows in stages and goals move and change with each stage. My dream is to get nothing less than gold in the South Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games and go to the World Championships because of the grip on the championships. There are three medals.
“The biggest lesson for me from the Olympics is that if I work hard, the roads open, and there is no substitute for hard work,” Talha said.
He added that now his spirits would be high for the events.
“I think my hard work helps, but weightlifting is about constant effort. While taking a physiotherapy session at the Olympic Village, Talha concluded that top weightlifters have to train 5 36 train days a year, no shortcuts, no excuses, and that is the key to success.
He will return from Tokyo on July 29.