Olympic Silver Medalist who opened India’s medals account in the Tokyo Summer Olympics on the very first day has began her return journey to India this morning, July 26.
On the Airport she posted her status of returning India, fellow weightlifter took to twitter, quoted, “Heading back to home 🇮🇳, Thank you #Tokyo2020 for memorable moments of my life.”
Chanu opened the country’s account with a silver in the women’s 49 kg category at the Tokyo Games, finally exorcising the ghosts of her disastrous outing in the Rio Games five years ago. For the former world champion, this was the one medal she has been desperately waiting for.
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The diminutive iron lady from Manipur lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) 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, leaving her shattered.
Her first statement after victory reads, “I have been dreaming of this for the past five years. I am very proud of myself right now. I did try for gold but even silver is a great achievement for me. I am very happy to win the first medal for India at these Games. I don’t just belong to Manipur, I belong to the whole country.”
There’s no doubt she lifted the pride of India and indian sports fans and supporters and thus she deserves a huge welcome. It’s not disclose how the government officials are going to welcome her on Delhi airport today but surely it would be the grand welcome.