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Video: India's Mirabai Chanu wins gold at World Weightlifting Championships in 48kg category

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992   //    30 Nov 2017, 11:01 IST

India's weightlifting sensation Mirabai Chanu created history on Thursday as she became just the second Indian ever and the first since 1995 to win gold at the World Championship stage.

With a combined score of 194kg in the 48kg category, she finished in first place ahead of Thailand's Thunya Sukcharoen and Colombia's Ana Segura, who recorded total lifts of 193 kg (86+107kg) and 182 kg (81+101kg) respectively.

She scored a total of 85kg in the snatch and 109kg clean and jerk to record a 194kg effort, which also broke the national record.


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The 23-year-old, who had quite a forgettable outing earlier at the Olympics last year where she failed to record even a single successful lift, laid the ghosts of Rio to rest and produced a world championship winning performance.

She was one of just two lifters in Rio to have recorded a Did Not Finish (DNF) in the event but now, she has been crowned world champion, which will come as a major boost for India with the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games lined up for 2018.

Before Chanu, only Karnam Malleshwari had won gold at the World Championships earlier, in 1994 and 1995.

This also means the second title in quick succession for Chanu, who had earlier secured gold at the Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championships in Australia in September, where she also ensured a berth at the Commonwealth Games.

The IWF World Championships are being held in Anaheim, USA and started on November 28.

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