India’s star weightlifter Mirabai Chanu came up with a heroic achievement on Saturday to win the silver medal in the women’s 49kg event on Day 1 of the Tokyo Olympics 2020

HOU Zhihui lifts an Olympic Record 116 kg in the clean & jerk for a total of 210 kg, takes Gild also a new And it’s an all-Asian podium, as Chanu Saikhom Mirabai (IND) takes silver and Windy Aisah (INA) wins bronze.

 

India’s No. 1 weightlifter Mirabai Chanu created history on Saturday as she became the first Indian weightlifter to win the silver medal when she earned the medal in the women’s 49kg event on Day 1 of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Also, This is India’s first at the Tokyo Games. Chanu is the second weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari to win an Olympics’ medal for India.

Chanu lifted 84kg and 87kg successfully but failed to lift 89kg as she was placed in the second spot after snatch while China’s HOU Zhihu lifted 94kg to create an Olympic record. Mirabai Chanu equalled her personal best in a snatch of 87kg. She lifted 87kg in Snatch when she won the gold medal at the World Championships in 2017.

Indian athlete Chanu Saikhom Mirabai finally found Olympic redemption at Tokyo 2020 and buried her Rio 2016 disappointment as she finished with a total of 202 behind Hou and clinched second place to win India’s first Olympic medal in weightlifting.

5 years ago, Mirabai had headed to her maiden Olympic Games at Rio as one of the big Indian hopes, but she suffered a poor outing. Mirabai has the world record of 119kg in clean and jerk at the 2021 Asian Weightlifting Championships.

The lone Indian weightlifter in Tokyo roared back to form with world championships gold in 2017 and Commonwealth Games gold in 2018. She heads into Tokyo Games after having set the world record in clean and jerk in the women’s 49kg category.

Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu lifted 84kg and 87kg successfully but failed to lift 89kg as she was placed in the second spot after snatch while China’s HOU Zhihu lifted 94kg to create an Olympic record.

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