From serving tea to CWG silver: Sanket’s tale of struggle

It was difficult for Sanket Mahadev Sargar to look beyond weightlifters in Sangli, whenever he held his grandfather’s hand and walked with him to the Digvijay Vyayamshala. Watching his seniors lift, Sanket couldn’t control the lure for that bar with weights at both ends. On Saturday, the 21-year-old did that on the biggest stage he has performed on so far in his blossoming career. If it wasn’t for the ‘cruel’ nature of sports raising its head, Sanket would have won gold. But the 55kg competition ended with Sanket’s arm in a brace and a silver medal around his neck.