Mirabai Chanu Becomes 1st Indian To Win Gold In Over 2 Decades At The World Weightlifting Championship

December 2nd, 2017 | by eBangla Bureau
Mirabai Chanu Becomes 1st Indian To Win Gold In Over 2 Decades At The World Weightlifting Championship


MIRABAI Chanu, from India’s north-eastern State of Manipur, lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the women’s 48kg on Thursday becoming the first Indian in over two decades to claim a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA. Olympic bronze medallist Karnam Malleshwari had won the top prize in the World Championships twice — in 1994 and 1995.

Seeing the tricolour from the podium, tears of joy rolled down her cheeks, as Chanu, 23, picked up a rare honour for an Indian at the marquee event. “I cried a lot after the win and seeing the Indian flag going high, I got very emotional,” she record. Chanu, who is employed with the Indian Railways, lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the women’s 48kg also create a new national record.”What I have achieved today would not have been possible without the guidance of my coach Vijay Sharma. Me and my coach left no stone unturned in our quest to taste success at the top level,” said Chanu, the 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist.”It was disappointing I could not win a medal in Rio Olympics. I made mistakes (in Rio) and I am still sad about that. This medal has erased that sadness. I will work on my weaknesses and try to win medals in CWG and Asian Games next year and Tokyo Olympics.””We have got a medal in weightlifting after 24 years, it is great achievement. In fact, this is a bigger achievement than Olympics because World Championships is much tougher with a bigger and stronger pool of players,” Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Secretary General Sahdev Yadav said “I would like to congratulate both Mirabai as well as coach Vijay Sharma for the huge feat. The coach trained her very well and he deserves a lot of credit for her success,” he added. Chanu, with her lift of 85kg, came second in snatch but bagged the top positions each in clean & jerk and in overall total to finish with the yellow metal defeating of  19 lifters.

Thailand’s Sukcharoen Thunya won the silver medal with a total lift of 193, while Segura Ana Iris bagged the bronze with 182kg.

With a personal best of 192kg, Chanu entered into the competition as a strong medal contender and her quest for a gold medal was made easier by the absence of Rio Olympics 48kg gold medallist Sopita Tanasan of Thailand, who shifted to 53kg in this championship and China could not field any lifter due to a one-year ban for doping.Chanu had finished ninth in the 2015 World Championships while she ended 11th in the 2014 edition. Chanu has booked a berth for next year’s Commonwealth Games after winning gold at the Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championships held in Australia. She had broken Commonwealth record in snatch event with a lift of 85kg, bettering her own record by a kilogramme.Kunjarani Devi had also won several medals,mostly silver but never a gold,in the World Championships between 1989 to 1999.

Chanu recalled her outing in  Rio  Olympics last year when she put up a disappointing performance as she could not get an overall total in women’s 48kg after failing to lift the weight in any of her three attempts in clean & jerk section. She was one of two lifters who did not finish (DNF) her event in a fled of 12.President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi  have  congratulate Saikhom Mirabai Chanu for  winning the gold medal .”India is proud of Mirabai Chanu, who has won a gold at the World Weightlifting Championship. Congratulations and best wishes for her future endeavours,” PM Modi wrote on his twitter handle.The President’s Office said in a tweet, “Congratulations Mirabai Chanu for winning a gold medal in the World Weightlifting Championship. India is so proud of you. And congratulations Manipur for giving the country such a wonderful series of champion sportswomen!”Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was also prompt in congratulating Chanu.

“Saikhom Mirabai Chanu wins #Gold in 2017 IWF Senior Men & Women #weightlifting championships in Anaheim, USA. In the 48 kg weight category, her total lift was 194 kg. That’s 4 times her bodyweight. In sports, and in life, ‘Will’ is everything. Never, EVER give up.”Olympic medallist and five-time world champion MC Mary Kom , who is also from Manipur, said, “Congratulations #MirabaiChanu on lifting #Gold at #WorldWeightliftingChampionship and becoming 2nd Indian after Karnam Malleshwari 2 bring the glory 2 our country. She created a new record by lifting total of 194kgs of weight in women’s 48kg category.”Another Olympic medallist boxer, Vijender Singh, also congratulated her.”Another Indian women athlete creates history today. India’s #MirabaiChanu lifts 194kg at the World Weightlifting Championship.



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