Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu gave India its first medal at Tokyo 2020 as she won the silver medal in the women’s 49kg category as China’s Zhihu Hou took gold.
Chanu lifted 84kg and 87kg successfully but failed to lift 89kg as she was placed in second spot after snatch while China’s Zhihu lifted 94kg to create an Olympic record. New Olympic record was registered by Mirabai Chanu with a successful lift of 115kg in clean and jerk.
The 26-year-old became the second Indian weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari – who won bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Heres the story of Mirabai Chanu how she reached at Tokyo Olympics.
Mirabai’s Road to Tokyo:
Bronze at the 2020 Tashkent Asian Championships (49 kg)
Gold at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (48 kg)
Gold at the 2017 Anaheim World Championships (48 kg)
Silver at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games (48 kg)
Updates of Other Games:
Indian shooters, however, disappointed as Saurabh Chaudhary finished seventh in men’s 10m Air Pistol final. Elavenil Valarivan finished at 16th (626.5) while Apurvi Chandela finished 36th (621.9) after six series of 10 shots and therefore failed to qualify in the 10m air rifle women’s qualification round (only top 8 qualified).
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