Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s historic silver medal win opened India’s medal tally at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday. Chanu’s glorious performance marked the end of a 21-year-old medal drought in weightlifting is for India. The Manipuri athlete clinched a silver medal in the women’s 49 kg event with a total lift of 202 kg (87 kg + 115 kg). Chanu was just behind Hou Zhihui (China) while Indonesia’s Windy Cantika Aisah finished third on the podium.
Chanu, who holds the world record (119 kg) in clean and jerk, fell short of her personal best in the final round. She lifted 115 kilograms on her second attempt which secured her silver medal before failing to lift 117 kg on her third and final attempt. Manipur Cheif Minister Biren Singh shares how his colleagues in an inter-state Conference reacted to the news as he declared Chanu’s rewards for her remarkable feat.
“In the presence of all chief ministers of North East, today, I broke the news about your win during the meeting that Mirabai Chanu has opened the tally for India in Olympics with a silver medal. On hearing the news, Amit Shah Ji was so delighted and reached for the mic and said, ‘it’s a moment of great pride for India’. Everyone, along with Amit Shah Ji, gave a standing ovation during the conference,” CM Singh said.
“The state government will be giving you a sum of Rs 1 crore. You won’t be collecting tickets at railway stations and on trains anymore. I am reserving a special post for you. I am meeting the Honorable Union Home Minister in the evening. I am keeping this in suspense for you.“
“I can’t be any happier,” Mirabai Chanu
Mirabai Chanu took to Twitter in order to express her gratitude to fellow Indians, whose prayers have helped her scale newer heights. Chanu was ranked world number two in her weight category, and as such, a medal was the least expected from her. Although, she shouldered over a billion hopes, yet she was blessed with the prayers of several Indians.
“I am so happy today. Everyone in Manipur prayed for me and I have won a silver medal. I can’t be more happier. People have acknowledged our state now. I am so happy and I am very thankful; to everyone in Manipur for their support. I am here today only for their support,” a delighted Chanu quipped.
Mirabai Chanu’s glory at Tokyo Olympics has not been a straight path to success, but it has involved several ups and downs. However, determination, passion, and a clear vision of your goal help one to eventually achieve their dreams, which has been the case with Mirabai Chanu.