Imphal’s Mirabai Chanu won India’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics after clinching silver in the women’s 49 kg event on Saturday in Tokyo. This is India’s first silver in weightlifting at the Olympics. Mirabai lifted a total of 202 kg and broke the previous Olympic record in the category.
India’s last medal in weightlifting was won by Karnam Malleswari, a bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Mirabai, a former world champion, has now won medals at Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, World Championships, and the Olympics.
Mirabai Chanu creates history in Tokyo Olympic 2020
Mirabai Chanu entered the competition at 84 kg in the snatch category and her first lift was successful. She then had another successful lift at 87 kg before failing in her third and final lift at 89 kg. In her preferred clean & jerk category, Mirabai’s first two lifts at 110 kg and 115 kg were successful.
Having failed at each of her three lifts in the snatch at the Rio Olympics, Mirabai equaled her personal best in the snatch category this time around.
Meanwhile, China’s Hou Zhihui, the current world record holder in the event, won gold with a total of 210 kg, setting a new Olympic record in the event, while Chinese Taipei’s Aisah Windy Cantika won bronze with a total of 194 kg.
But Mirabai Chanu, who landed in Tokyo as one of India’s top medal contenders, stood tall on the expectations. The social media buzz was on an all-time high after Mirabai gave India their first medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. People from all corners of India congratulated Mirabai on their auspicious landmark including Indian cricketers.
Here is how the cricket fraternity congratulated Mirabai Chanu:
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) July 24, 2021
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) July 24, 2021
Well done #MirabaiChanu 👏👏
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) July 24, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 24, 2021
— Shikha Pandey (@shikhashauny) July 24, 2021
— Hanuma vihari (@Hanumavihari) July 24, 2021
— Jhulan Goswami (@JhulanG10) July 24, 2021
— DK (@DineshKarthik) July 24, 2021
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 24, 2021