Mirabai Chanu earned India’s first Olympic medal in the women’s 49kg weightlifting event on Saturday, the Games’ first official day of competition. With this, she also becomes the second Indian weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari’s historic bronze in *2000 to win an Olympic Medal.
The Indian lifted a total of 202kg to finish second to China’s Hou Zhihui who won the gold with an Olympic record total of 210 kgs.
Here is how our Prime Minister congratulated her on her achievement:
Could not have asked for a happier start to @Tokyo2020! India is elated by @mirabai_chanu’s stupendous performance. Congratulations to her for winning the Silver medal in weightlifting. Her success motivates every Indian. #Cheer4India #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/B6uJtDlaJo
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 24, 2021
The World No 3 began with successful snatch lifts of 84kg and 87kg, setting the tone for her quest for a podium finish. The 26-year-old, however, failed in her third 89-kg snatch effort.
Her first two lifts, though, were enough to put her in second place after the snatch.
Here is the point’s tally of the match:
Mirabai, a World record holder in the clean and jerk in the women’s 49kg category, was in a solid position to finish on the podium after the snatch.
And Mirabai didn’t disappoint. The Indian made a successful attempt of 110 kg to start off Clean & Jerk before an incredible second lift of 115 kg. In the third attempt, in an attempt to push her limits, Mirabai failed to lift 117kg but still did enough to win a silver medal at the Tokyo Games.
“I am very happy, I have been dreaming of this for the past five years. I am very proud of myself right now. I did try for gold but even silver is a great achievement for me,” Chanu told reporters after her career-defining triumph for which she had been training in the US for the past few months, PTI reported.