Black Country weightlifter Gurbinder Cheema is hoping to follow in his father’s chalk marks by giving it some welly in Delhi.
Cheema’s dad and coach Gian tasted glory when he took bronze in the Indian city at the Asian Games in 1982.
And Gurbinder is ready to do even better with a podium finish at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October.
The 31-year-old, who works as a bank manager at Lloyds TSB in Birmingham, easily made the qualifying standard at the English championships in Lilleshall and the British Championships in Kilmarnock.
His current best lift stands at 165kg in the snatch and 197.5kg in the clean and jerk and he will need to be near that level to be among the medals in Delhi, where the top competitors are expected to lift a combined total of 350 from both events.
Cheema junior’s greatest achievement to date is a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002.
But his father is confident that, fitness permitting, Gurbinder can return to his home in Tipton and the Warley Weightlifters club at Harry Mitchell Centre in Smethwick with a gold medal around his neck this time around.
“He’s got a very good chance of winning a medal, possibly gold,” said Gian.
“He has had a few fitness problems in the past which have stopped him achieving what he is capable of and he has had to have an operation on his knee.
“But he is feeling good now, he is in good shape. He breezed through the qualifying and beat the level by a big margin while a lot of the others only just squeezed through.
“He is going to Delhi hopeful of doing well and I will be going along to support him.”