Manipur’s Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu Clinches Gold At World Championships

Manipur’s weightlifter Mirabai Chanu made the nation proud as she clinched gold medal at World Championship in Anaheim, USA. Mirabai is the first weightlifting to win the gold medal in World Championships since 1995.

Karnam Malleswari won the medal in 1995. Mirabai, the 23-year-old lifter with redemption of sorts as she had failed to get an overall total in the women’s 48kg event at last year’s Rio Olympics

Chanu, who is employed with the Indian Railways, lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the women’s 48kg, in the process setting a new national record.

Seeing the tricolour from the podium, tears of joy rolled down her cheeks, as Chanu picked up a rare honour for an Indian at the marquee event.

Olympic bronze medallist Karnam Malleshwari had won the top prize in worlds twice – in 1994 and 1995.
Chanu’s outing in Anaheim was very different from the way things panned out in Rio last year when she put up a disappointing performance as she could not get an overall total in women’s 48kg after failing to lift the weight in any of her three attempts in clean & jerk section.

In a field of 12 lifters at the Rio Games, she was one of two lifters who did not finish (DNF) her event.
Thailand’s Sukcharoen Thunya won the silver medal with a total lift of 193, while Segura Ana Iris bagged the bronze with 182kg.

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