At the Tokyo Olympics, Indian weightlifting sensation Mirabai Chanu will be entering the 49kg women’s category with an entry weight of 210kg. This will be the highest weight among all participants in her event, which takes place on 24th July at !0 am.
Chanu recently won the 2020 Asian Championships in Tashkent lifting a total weight of 205kgs while creating a world record in the clean and jerk, lifting 119kg. She won a gold medal at the 2017 World Championships and a Gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Chanu will be going into her event with the highest weigh entry, as her main rival Hou Zhihui of China has entered a slightly lesser weight of 205kg. Other competitors in her category to watch out for are Aisah Windy Cantika of Indonesia with an entry weight of 203kg, and American weightlifter Delacruz Jourdan Elizabeth with a total weight of 200kg.
The Strategy Behind Mirabai Chanu’s 210kg Entry Weight at the Tokyo Olympics
Mirabai Chanu and her coaches may have a strategy in order to remain in medal contention at the Tokyo Olympics. Her current entry weight puts her in gold medal contention at the Tokyo Olympics. The entry totals for the events are placed only a few days prior to the actual competition, and on the day of the event one cannot enter with an entry total of less than 20kg than the entry weight placed previously.
At the Asian Championships, Chanu has entered the same weight total of 210kg. The gold and silver medal winners however at that time had also entered the same weight, with Hou Zhihui taking home the gold with a lift of 213kg, creating a world record. Chanu took home bronze, with a world record if 119kg in the clean and jerk category.
However this time, Hou has entered a more conservative weight total at 205kg, which may mean that she is facing problems or simply trying to downplay her advantage. On the other hand, Delacruz is the only lifter to have lifted a total of 200kg or more except for Hou and Chanu. The 203kg entry weight by Aisa Windy Cantika makes her one to watch out for, but she had her highest finish of 189kg at the Asian Championships.
Chanu’s event is all ready to start at 10am Japan time, and she is a serious medal prospect for India on day 1.