Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu scripts history as she became only the second Indian weightlifter to win a medal at the Olympics after Karnam Malleswari.
She clinched a Silver Medal in the 49 kg women’s weightlifting category and opened India’s account at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The 26-year-old lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) to win a medal at the Games. The gold was won by China’s Hou Zhihui with an effort of 210kg (94kg+116kg), and the bronze by Indonesia’s Aisah Windy Cantika with an effort of 194kg (84kg+110kg).
Chanu successfully lifted 84kg and 87kg but failed to lift 89kg as she was placed in the second spot after snatch while China’s Zhihui lifted 94kg to create an Olympic record. However, a new Olympic record was also registered by Mirabai Chanu as she successfully lifted 115kg in clean and jerk.
As she won the medal praises and congratulations started to pour in as India’s PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “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.”
India’s President was also not behind in congratulating her and the official Twitter handle of the President of India tweeted, “Heartiest congratulations to Mirabai Chanu for starting the medal tally for India in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 by winning silver medal in weightlifting.”
Former shooter and Olympic medallist Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also congratulated her on her feat.
Indian Football team captain Sunil Chhetri said, “You didn’t just lift weights and pick a medal there, champion. You lifted a nation that needed to find joy and you did it with the widest smile. Take a bow.”
Several other athletes, leaders and celebrities congratulated Mirabai Chanu on her remarkable achievement.
Mirabai Chanu triumphantly ended India’s 21-year long wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics and opened the country’s account in Tokyo on Saturday.
After the news of her victory came, a video surfaced of her family and neighbours bursting into celebrations as they watch her win the Silver medal for India in Women’s 49kg category in her hometown in Manipur.