Mirabai Chanu scripted history today, winning a silver medal in the women’s 49kg weightlifting category at the Tokyo Olympics. She is the first weightlifter to win a silver medal for India, and the second Indian weightlifter to win a medal of any colour. This will be India’s second medal in weightlifting after Karnam Malleswari bagged a bronze medal all the way back in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Mirabai finished the snatch category with a successful weight of 87kg, her personal best. She was confident going into clean and jerk, where she managed to successfully lift 115kg, securing her finish on the podium.
Watch: Mirabai Chanu Wins Silver in Weightlifting
Mirabai lifted a weight of 87kg in her second attempt in snatch to equal her personal best, but could not manage to lift 89kg.
Chanu successfully lifted 115kgs after a valiant attempt in her second attempt to secure her place behind China’s Zhihui who set the Olympic record with a 116kg clean and jerk lift.
Watch as Chanu’s family rejoices as she created history for India. Her family and friends gathered together to watch her perform at the Tokyo Olympics.
Watch, as Mirabai stands on the podium, winning silver for India in weightlifting and creating history. She kickstarts India’s Tokyo Olympic campaign successfully