- Mirabai created the History in Tokyo Olympics.
- She won India’s First Silver Medal in Olympics.
- Chanu qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women’s 48kg category.
TOKYO OLYMPICS 2021: Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu has won India its first medal at the Tokyo Olympics on 24 July. Mirabai completed second in the 49kg category. Mirabai secured the second position with a complete weight of 202kg. Mirabai lifted 87 kg in snatch, 115 kg in clean and jerk and 202 kg in total. The gold of this occasion was won by Jihoi Hou of China. With this Mirabai turned into the second lady from India to win a medal in weightlifting. Karnam Malleswari had won a bronze medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics before him.
The incredible industrialist Mahindra (Anand Mahindra) has congrats to Mirabai Chanu on winning India’s first medal at the Olympics. Anand Mahindra wrote in a post via social media on Twitter, “On one woman (Mirabai Chanu) the hopes of over a billion people were pinned. She fulfilled the expectation of every person in India. Mirabai Chanu lost in her efforts. . Do not agree.” We are clapping for you, and we stand with you.” He said that.
One woman. The burden of expectations of over a billion. All lifted high above her head, effortlessly. We stand and applaud you. Jai Ho! pic.twitter.com/QJZ4az0DQB— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) July 24, 2021
RIO OLYMPICS FAILED:
Chanu qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women’s 48kg category. But, with no successful lift in any of her three attempts in the quick lift section, she failed to finish the event. In 2017, she won gold in the women’s 48 kg class by lifting the overall rivalry record of 194 kg (85 kg grab and 109 kg quick lift) in the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships organised in Anaheim, CA, United States.
In 2021, Mirabai Chanu turned into the first female Indian weightlifter to qualify for the 2021 Summer Games by completing second in the 49kg category. The 27-year-old lifted 86 kg in the grab and afterwards 119 kg in the quick lift to lift a world record with a total lift of 205 kg, which acquired her a bronze award and a pass to the Tokyo Olympics.