India registered its first medal on the very second day of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, one of the biggest contenders on whom the country pinned its hope for the prestigious Olympic medal, has won a silver medal in weightlifting. Chanu attained the second spot in the 49kg women’s weightlifting event on Day 2.
Mirabai lifted 87 kg in snatch, 115 kg in clean and jerk, and lifted a total of 202 kg. Following this accomplishment, she has become the first Indian to win a medal in Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the second Indian in Olympics history to win a medal in weightlifting. Let us inform you that Mirabai Chanu is the only athlete to represent the country as a weightlifter in the Tokyo Olympics.
Who is Saikhom Mirabai Chanu?
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu was born on 8 August 1994 in Nongpok Kakching, a secluded town in Imphal, Manipur. Since childhood, Chanu wanted to pursue a career in archery but in the 8th standard of her schooling, she decided to strive for a career in weightlifting. Notably, Chanu developed an interest in weightlifting after she observed Imphal’s weightlifter Kunjarani Devi.
Chanu defeats her inspiration, Kunjarani Devi
Mirabai Chanu has also won a silver medal for India in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Moreover, India also won the category’s gold medal in the event. Mirabai Chanu defeated her idol weightlifter Kunjarani Devi in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games qualifying match to secure her spot in the Rio Olympic Games.
Raising the Indian flag high
Not only this, Mirabai brought laurels to the country by winning the gold medal in the 48 kg category in the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships. She also won the gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.