Born on 9th July 1995, Punam Yadav is counted amongst one of the youngest weightlifters of India who have donned the national colours at various international stages. Belonging to Varanasi, this 22-year-old weightlifter has proved to the world that poverty is no bar to success. At present, Punam works as a senior ticket collector in the Indian Railways and training hard for her next international event.
Punam represented the nation for the first time at the Commonwealth Games of 2014 and earned a bronze medal in 63 kg category.
She bagged a silver medal at the Commonwealth Championships of the year 2017 in 69 kg category
At the Commonwealth Games of 2018, Punam showed her excellence in weightlifting by bagging a gold medal in the 69 kg category. She lifted a total of 222 kg (100kg+122kg).