File image of Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu
Mirabai Chanu on Saturday won a silver medal in the womens 49 kg weightlifting competition to open Indias counter at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Manipur athlete lifted a total weight of 202 kgs to win the medal. The gold in the event was won by Chinas Hou Zhihui with a combined weight total of 210 kgs.
She picked a total of 87 kgs in the snatch part of the event and ended with a lift of 115 kgs in clean and jerk. She is the second Indian weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari to win an Olympic medal.
Chanu has been a world champion in the past, when she won the gold medal in the 48 kg category in Anaheim. She is the reigning Commonwealth Games gold medallist in the 48kg category.
The gold went to Chinas Hou Zhihui with an effort of 210kg (94kg 116kg) , while Aisah Windy Cantika of Indonesia took home the bronze with an effort of 194kg (84kg 110kg)
Considered her weakness in 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.
July 24, 2021 12:10 pm (IST)
Weightlifting - Mirabai Chanu Wins Silver In 49kg Category!
Mirabai Chanu Wins Silver!
Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu gives India its first medal at Tokyo 2020, winning the silver medal in the womens 49kg category.
New Olympic record was registered by Mirabai Chanu with a successful lift of 115kg in clean and jerk.
Chinas Zhihu Hou takes gold.
Silver medal! ?— Olympics (@Olympics) July 24, 2021
After a tough battle, Chanu Saikhom Mirabai finishes in second place in the #Weightlifting womens -49kg and earns the first medal for India at #Tokyo2020@iwfnet @WeAreTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/zLF5Et6NLC
July 24, 2021 12:00 pm (IST)
Mirabai Chanus assured herself an Olympic medal when she lifted 110kgs in clean and jerk.
Chinas HOU Zhihu in the lead.
July 24, 2021 11:11 am (IST)
After Mirabai Chanus first two successful lifts of 84kg and 87kg, she fails to lift 89kg
Chinas HOU Zhihu lifts 94kg to create Olympic record
July 24, 2021 10:59 am (IST)
Mirabai Chanus first two lifts are a success
She lifts 84kg and 87kgs on her first attempts