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India’s Mirabai Chanu snatches silver at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Mirabai Chanu ends India's 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics; lifts 110 kg and 115 kg in the first two attempts

Sports News, International and National sport and Games, Olympics, Weightlifting, Tokyo (Japan), July 24:- Mirabai Chanu ended India’s 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics by clinching a silver medal in the 49 kg category to open the country’s account here on Saturday (July 24).

The 26-year-old lifted a total of 202 kg (87 kg+115 kg) to better Karnam Malleswari’s bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. With this, she exorcised the ghosts of the 2016 Games where she had failed to log a single legitimate lift

The gold went to China’s Hou Zhihui with an effort of 210 kg (94 kg+116 kg) , while Aisah Windy Cantika of Indonesia took home the bronze with an effort of 194 kg (84 kg+110 kg)

Considering her weakness in the run up to the marquee event, Chanu attempted 84 kg in her first snatch attempt. The Manipuri took her time and cleanly heaved the barbell

She lifted 87 kg in her next attempt and raised the weight to 89 kg, which was one 1 kg more than her personal best of 88 kg that she had lifted at the national championship last year.

However, she was unable to better her personal best and settled for 87 kg in the snatch event only behind leader Zhihui, who created a new Olympic record with an effort of 94 kg

The Chinese lifter also holds the world mark (96 kg) in the category.

In the clean jerk, Chanu, the world record holder in the section, lifted 110 kg and 115 kg in the first two attempts

However, she was unable to raise 117 kg in her final attempt but it was enough to fetch her a medal and open India’s account

The diminutive Manipuri broke down after realising that she has secured a medal and hugged her coach in jubilation

She later broke into a dance too to celebrate the historic podium finish. (NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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