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Shillong man wins NE's first gold in Asian kettlebell championship

Updated: Jan 5, 2020

By Prasanta Phukon

Sandeep Sharma has become the first person from the North East to win a gold medal in #kettlebell, a relatively new sport in India, at the Asian championship in #Taipei this year.

Sharma, a resident of Thana Road  Shillong, started training in kettlebells in 2018. His interest in crossfitters and UFC fighters using kettlebells led him to Guwahati where he met trainer Pulak Biswas. I learned about the nuances of Kettlebells from him,” said the 38-year-old champion.

Sandeep Sharma after winning a gold medal at the Asian championship in Taipei.

Sharma soon realised that kettlebells can be fun as it is different from the usual workout. He bettered himself by working on his strength, cardio and endurance. In no time, he was lifting 20kg kettlebells with ease and it was then that he decided to go for the sport.

Kettlebell is one of the toughest lifting sports and requires tremendous mental fortitude and physical conditioning. It is a combination of strength, endurance, mobility and technique.