Mirabai Chanu secured the first medal for Team India at the Tokyo Olympics as she won the silver in the women’s 49kg weightlifting event. This is the country’s first medal in the discipline since Karanam Malleshwari secured the bronze at Sydney 2020. The twenty-six-year-old completed a total of 202kgs, 87kgs snatch and 115 kgs in the clean jerk.
The weightlifter from Manipur started with an 84kg attempt and then raised the bar to 87kgs in the next. An attempted shot at 89kgs, which would have been her personal best proved unsuccessful. In the clean jerk, she began with 110kgs and then improved it to 115kgs in the second but once again couldn’t successfully complete the third attempt of 119kgs.
However, this wasn’t going to stop Mirabai from taking the second position and the silver medal, and definitively puts to rest all the memories from Rio 2016 – where she failed to register a single successful lift.
As she realized that she had actually won the country a medal at the Olympics, the diminutive lifter broke into a dance and hugged her coach in celebration.
Reactions have poured in all corners of the country as the Sports Minister Shri Anurag Thakur conveyed his wishes to the Olympic silver medalist.
“A big thank you & thank you on behalf of PM Modi and the entire country for bringing a big smile on the faces of 135 crore Indians. First day, first medal, a silver medal. You made the country proud,” Shri Thakur said.