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World Weightlifting Championships: Mirabai Chanu Clinches Gold  for India after 22 years

Mirabai Chanu won the World Weightlifting C'ship gold for India for the first time in 22 years.


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This time it was another Indian woman weightlifter named Mirabai Chanu from Manipur, who won the Gold medal at World Weightlifting Championships, after she lifted 85 kg in Snatch and 109kg in Clean and Jerk for a total of 194kg.

Having achieved this feat, Mirabai Chanu becomes the 2nd Indian woman to win gold in the World Weightlifting Championships, after Karnam Malleshwari.

It was also said that Mirabai Chanu missed her elder sister Shaya's wedding, which was on November 22nd and everyone in her family were upset with her decision to perform at world weightlifting championships, but she promised her parents that she would return home with a win and gift the gold medal to her sister as a wedding gift, which was exactly what happened.

In 2007, Mirabai Chanu began weightlifting at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex in Imphal, Manipur, her inspiration in this sport was Kunjarani Devi.

Chanu has qualified for the 2016 RIO Olympics but she failed to lift the weights in any of the three attempts.

Anaheim, California hosted the World Weightlifting Championships this year in which Chanu participated in the 48 kg competition.

She was up against competed Thailand's Thunya Sukcharoen and Colombia's Ana Iris Segura whom she defeated in the 48 kg competition.

Other Laurels by Mirabai Chanu:

  • She won Gold at 2016 South Asian Games.
  • She won Gold at South Asian Junior Games.
  • Mirabai qualified in the RIO Olympic championships held in 2016.
  • She won Gold in 2011 international youth championship.
  • She was named best lifter in 2013 Junior national championship which was held in Guwahati.

Mirabai Chanu has proved it once again that the women are winning medals for India and making the nation proud, with their achievements. Hopefully, we will see more medals from this young lady in the future.


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