Mirabai Chanu received India’s first medal on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after clinching silver within the ladies’s 49 kg occasion on Saturday. That is India’s first silver in weightlifting on the Olympics. Mirabai lifted a complete of 202 kg.
India’s solely earlier medal in weightlifting was received by Karnam Malleswari, a bronze on the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Mirabai, a former world champion, has now received medals on the Asian Championships, the Commonwealth Video games, the World Championships and the Olympics.
China’s Hou Zhihui, the present world document holder within the occasion, received gold with a complete of 210 kg, setting a brand new Olympic document within the occasion, whereas Indonesia’s Aisah Windy Cantika received bronze with a complete of 194 kg.
“I’m very joyful, I’ve been dreaming of this for the previous 5 years. I’m very happy with myself proper now. I did attempt for gold however even silver is a good achievement for me,” Chanu instructed reporters after profitable the medal for which she had been coaching within the US for previous few months. “I’m very joyful to win the primary medal for India at these Video games. I do not simply belong to Manipur, I belong to the entire nation,” she added in response to a question on what it meant for her as a Manipuri.
Mirabai entered the competitors at 84 kg within the snatch class and her first elevate was profitable. She then had one other profitable elevate at 87 kg earlier than failing in her third and ultimate elevate at 89 kg. In her most well-liked clear & jerk class, Mirabai’s first two lifts at 110 kg and 115 kg have been profitable. Her ultimate elevate at 117 kg was unsuccessful however she was assured of a silver by then.
Mirabai’s first main breakthrough got here when she received silver within the 48kg class on the 2014 Commonwealth Video games in Glasgow. On the age of 19, her complete elevate of 170 kg was solely three kilos in need of the gold-winning effort.
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On the Rio Olympics in 2016, her nerves seemingly failed her as she managed only one clear elevate in six makes an attempt. A yr later, nevertheless, Mirabai bounced again from Rio by profitable gold on the Commonwealth Championships after which on the World Championships. She carried that type and confidence into the Commonwealth Video games at Gold Coast in 2018, eclipsing her personal nationwide information within the course of.
Quickly after, Mirabai was struck by a again damage that left her out of motion for nearly 10 months. She returned in 2019, ending simply exterior of the medals on the Asian Championships and the World Championships. On the 2020 Asian Championships, held in Uzbekistan in April this yr as a result of coronavirus pandemic, Mirabai set a brand new world document in clear and jerk (119 kg) on her solution to bronze, additional confirming her place on the Tokyo Olympics.