India’s lone weightlifter Mirabai Chanu opened the country’s medal tally on day one of the Tokyo Olympics as she bagged a silver medal in the Women’s 49kg weightlifting event. The 26-year-old entered the event as one of the top favourites to win a medal and rose to the occasion.
Mirabai Chanu lifted a total of 202kg which was enough to secure a silver medal for her. She was ranked number two in her category, and also set a world record in the clean and jerk section at the Asian Championships this year. Mirabai has been showered with plenty of praise and respect, following her historic performance at the Tokyo Games.
Indian Army felicitates Mirabai Chanu
Following her win, she has been awarded handsome cash prizes by the state government and the Indian railways, her employer. The Manipur Government has even appointed her as Additional Superintendent of Police (Sports) in the police department. The Indian Army too has come forward to join the list.
The Indian Army felicitated India’s first Olympic medalist of the decade. Mirabai took to Twitter to share pictures of the ceremony. “It was an honour to get felicitated by the Indian Army. Jai Hind!” she wrote.
The entire nation stood on its feet, and cheered for its star, as Mirabai Chanu secured India’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Chanu’s silver medal is India’s first medal in the event in the last two decades. Following Mirabai’s footsteps, PV Sindhu and Lovlina Borgohain have won bronze medals to make the country proud.