Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu bagged the country’s first medal at the continued Tokyo Olympics with silver within the women’s 49kg category.
Mirabai Chanu ended India’s 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics by clinching a silver within the 49kg category to open the country’s account here on Saturday. The 26-year-old lifted a complete of 202kg (87kg+115kg) to raised Karnam Malleswari’s bronze within the 2000 Sydney Olympics. With this, she exorcised the ghosts of the 2016 Games where she had did not log one legitimate lift. The gold visited China’s Hou Zhihui with an attempt of 210kg (94kg+116kg), while Aisah Windy Cantika of Indonesia took home the bronze with an attempt of 194kg (84kg+110kg).
Considered her weakness within the run-up to the marquee event, Chanu attempted 84kg in her first snatch attempt. The Manipuri took her time and cleanly heaved the barbell.
She lifted 87kg in her next attempt and raised the load to 89kg, which was one 1kg quite her personal better of 88kg that she had lifted at the national championship last year.
However, she was unable to raise her personal best and settled for 87kg within the snatch event only behind leader Zhihui, who created a replacement Olympic record with an attempt of 94kg.
The Chinese lifter also holds the planet mark (96kg) within the category.
In the clean jerk, Chanu, the planet record holder within the section, lifted 110kg and 115kg within the first two attempts.
However, she was unable to boost 117kg in her final attempt but it had been enough to fetch her a medal and open India’s account.
The diminutive Manipuri broke down after realizing that she has secured a medal and hugged her coach in jubilation.
She later broke into dance too to celebrate the historic podium finish.