Weightlifters K Ravi Kumar and Soniya Chanu will represent India at the London Olympics. India earned the berths at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Pyeongtaek, Korea, on Monday.
The men's team finished fifth and women's team fourth among the nations who were yet to qualify for the July-August Games. The women's team managed a total of 93 points while the men's team had a total of 134 points.
Ravi (69kg) has been battling a shoulder injury, but he is India's best lifter at the moment and ranked 12th in the world. "His injury has still not healed fully, but the selectors felt that we should give opportunity to our best lifter. There is still some time left before the Olympics and he should improve," Jaswant Singh, India coach, said.
Ravi had the best finish among the Indian lifters in Korea. He finished sixth with a lift of 141kg in snatch and 170kg in clean and jerk for a total of 311kg.
Soniya (48kg) was the best Indian on show in the women's competition. She lifted 75kg in snatch to win bronze and 100kg in the clean and jerk. She finished fourth overall with a total of 175kg.
Soniya had also come up with a good show at the World Championships, finishing sixth.