Harjinder Kaur is an Indian weightlifter who competes in the 71 kg women’s category. On 1 August 2022, she won a bronze medal in the women’s 71 kg category at the Commonwealth Games (2022) held in Birmingham, England.
Harjinder Kaur was born on Monday, 14 October 1996 (age 26 years; as in 2022) in Mehs village near Patiala, Punjab. His zodiac sign is Libra. She completed her schooling from Government Girls School, Nabha, Punjab. Later, he joined SGTB Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib, Punjab. Harjinder Kaur was interested in outdoor sports since childhood. Harjinder Kaur initially used to play Kabaddi. Soon after completing her schooling, Harjinder joined college, where coach Surinder Singh appointed her to the college Kabaddi team. Later, when she joined the sports wing at Punjabi University, Patiala, 1990 Commonwealth Games weightlifting champion Paramjeet Sharma noticed her skills and encouraged her to participate in tug-of-war competitions. With his skills in tug of war, Harjinder decided to participate in weightlifting competitions.
Height (Approx): 5′ 5″
Weight: 71 kg
Hair Color: Black
Eye colour: black
Harjinder Kaur belongs to a middle class Punjabi family.
parents and siblings
Harjinder Kaur’s father Sahib Singh is a farmer. His mother’s name is Kuldeep Kaur. Harjinder Kaur’s elder brother Pritpal Singh is a clerk.
Harjinder Kaur started professional training in weightlifting in 2016 under the guidance of her coach Paramjeet Sharma. In 2017, he participated in the state level weightlifting championship and won it. In 2020, she participated in the 3rd Women’s Inter-State Senior National Weightlifting Competition and won the gold medal. In the same year, she participated in the 35th Women’s Senior National Weightlifting Championship. He won the silver medal in the competition. In 2021, he was introduced to the National Camp, Patiala. Subsequently, in 2022, he participated in the Senior National Championships in Orissa by lifting a total weight of 208 kg and won the gold medal in the weightlifting competition.
On 1 August 2022, he participated in the Commonwealth Games under 71 kg category. He won the bronze medal in the competition. In an interview, he expressed his gratitude for winning the bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games and said,
When I started in 2016, I didn’t get any financial support from my family, but I was morally supported by my family. My coach Paramjit Sharma helped me a lot in those days and he believed that I would bring a medal today and I think his belief made me get the medal.
- 2017: 3rd Women’s Inter-State National Weightlifting Championship (Kolkata)
- 2022: Senior National Championship (Orissa) in women’s 71 kg category.
- 2017: 35th Women’s Senior National Weightlifting Championship (Kolkata)
- 2022: Commonwealth Games (Birmingham) in the women’s 71 kg category.
- In an interview, Harjinder Kaur said that her muscles developed from driving a fodder cutting machine in her village.
- While talking to a media house, Harjinder told that he is from a poor family. His family lived in a one-room house, owned six buffaloes and his father worked on a contract farm. Talking about the financial condition of his family he said,
My father used to give me Rs 350 for the return fare from Nabha to the college hostel at Sri Anandpur Sahib and Rs 350 as pocket money. I felt ashamed to ask for more money.”
- Harjinder Kaur initially had no interest in weightlifting. In an interview, Harjinder’s coach Paramjit Sharma talked about this and said,
When we put him on tug-of-war teams I was amazed at how much strength he had as a teenager. He did some national tours. It took some time to convince him to shift to weightlifting. There were times when she would return to her village and not show much interest in weightlifting. But she always came back. Today I can say that making him a weightlifter was the right decision.
- According to Harjinder Kaur, Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu is her favorite Indian weightlifter. Harjinder addressed Mirabai Chanu as Mirabai didi during an interview and shared that she wanted to take a selfie with Mirabai after winning a medal at the Commonwealth (2022) Games.
- In an interview he talked about the Commonwealth Games and said that he was not happy with his performance. He quoted,
I am happy with the medal, but I am not happy with my performance. I have lifted more weight and the plan was to match that, but I managed to win a medal, so I guess it’s okay. The plan I came up with didn’t work. If I had given my best performance, I could have been in the race for the silver medal.
- On 2 August 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi through a tweet congratulated Harjinder Kaur on winning the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games (2022).