Tokyo 2020; India’s Meerabai Chanu secures silver medal in women’s 49kg weightlifting

India secures the first medal in Tokyo 2020. Mirabai Chanu won the silver medal in the 49kg category. In the meanwhile, China’s Hou Zhihui clinched the gold medal. In the clean and jerk category, Mirabai Chanu won the silver medal by lifting 115 kg.

Mirabai Chanu goes for 115kg on her second attempt and she does it paying a way for the silver medal.

Mirabai Chanu gave a very exciting performance in Tokyo 2020. Mirabai is ranked number one in the world. He holds the world record for clean and jerk. This time, Mirabai Chanu had hoped for gold, but Mirabai won the silver.

The gold medalist, Hou Zhihui in her first attempt of 109kg lifted it effortlessly and that was just a warm-up lift for the Chinese.

This is the first time an Indian athlete has won a medal in weightlifting since Karnam Malleshwari won a bronze medal in the same event at the 2000 Olympics. 

It’s been a remarkable turnaround for Mirabai who couldn’t finish the event at Rio Olympics five years ago.

But fast forward to 2021, Rio seems like a long-forgotten memory; perhaps even a memory from a different life. She is a weightlifter reborn.

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In 2018, Chanu lifted a total of 196 kg, 86 kg in snatch, and 110 kg in clean and jerk to win the first gold medal for India in the Commonwealth Games 2018. She also broke the record for the weight category.

In 2019, at the Asian Weightlifting Championships, she won bronze in clean and jerk in the 49 kg Category. The total weight of 199 kg was her best then.

In 2021, she went past the 200 kg barrier at the Asian Championships.

In Tokyo 2020 she could prove herself again.

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