Katulu Ravi Kuma is an Indian weightlifter from Odisha

Katulu Ravi Kumar (born 24 April 1988) is an Indian weightlifter from Odisha. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he won a gold medal in the Men’s 69 kg (152 lb) weightlifting category.

K. Ravi Kumar hails from Berhampur in Odisha. He started weightlifting at the Veer Hanuman Club in the city. K. Ravi Kumar was originally a bodybuilder for 7 years before he took up weightlifting. However, after his trainer Narayan Sahu’s counsel he changed his attention towards weightlifting, which at last made him an outstanding performer. He took up weightlifting just three years before the 2010 Commonwealth games, and won with a record total of 321 kg (708 lb).

K. Ravi Kumar won many State, National, and International awards in this short span of time. He won 3 gold medals in 2009 Commonwealth Games held at Penang, Malaysia.[clarification needed] Then in 2010, he won 3 gold medals at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games. He lifted 147 kg (324 lb) in the Snatch and 175 kg (386 lb) in the Clean and Jerk for a total of 321 kg (708 lb) in the 69 kg weightlifting category. In 2011, he won 3 bronze medals in senior weightlifting championship at Tongling, China. He also won 3 gold medals in senior weightlifting championship held at Bangalore. K. Ravi Kumar now works with Indian Army.

He competed for India at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and won a silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the 69 kg division. His lifts were 142 kg in the snatch and 17h kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 317 kg. He came in second to fellow Indian weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam, who set a new Games record to win.

Katulu Ravi Kumar is an Indian weightlifter whose claim to fame is the gold medal he won in the Men’s 69 kg weightlifting category, at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. K. Ravi Kumar, originally a bodybuilder, took up weightlifting after his trained counselled him to turn his attention towards weightlifting. Three years after that he took part in the 2010 Commonwealth games, and won with a record total of 321 kg, channeling out to be an outstanding performer. K. Ravi Kumar won many State, National, and International awards in this short span of time. He won 3 gold medals in 2009 Commonwealth Games held at Penang, Malaysia. Then in 2010, he won 3 Gold medals in New Delhi Commonwealth games. In 2011, he won 3 bronze medals in senior weightlifting championship at Tongling, China. He also won 3 gold medals in senior weightlifting championship held at Bangalore.

Ravi Kumar, who won the gold in 2010 Commonwealth Games, said he could not perform to his potential due to a bout of fever.

“I was unwell in the run-up to the competition. That did not allow me to perform to my potential. Having said that, there are no excuses for the way I fared,” said Ravi Kumar. “My country will not be happy with my performance but it was a memorable experience to compete in the Olympics.”

Soniya Chanu, the other member of the small weightlifting contingent, had earlier finished seventh in the women’s 48 kg event.

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