Now that’s called a strong start! India opened its medals tally in the 21st edition of the CWG 2018 on Thursday as Mirabai Chanu bagged the gold medal in Women’s weightlifting. Though the first medal was a silver by Gururaj Poojary in the 56 Kg category weightlifting.

The Manipuri weightlifter lifted 86 kg in Snatch, surpassing her personal best of 85 kg in the category and then surpassed her 109 kg clean and jerk record to lift 110kg in the category. Her total lift of 196 kg delivered India’s first gold on the first day of the CWG 2018 in the women’s 48 kg weightlifting category.

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Mirabai Chanu was born on 8 August 1994 in Imphal East, Manipur. The 23-year-old works as a senior ticket checker with Indian Railways qualified for CWG with a national record lift of 194 Kg that won her gold at the World Weightlifting Championships. She is only the second Indian after Karnaman Malleswari. Saikhom started weightlifting in 2007 and was inspired by Indian weightlifter, Kunjarani Devi.

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Marabi qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics in the women’s 48 Kg category. However, she failed to win the competition. she won the Gold medal in the Women’s 48 kg category by lifting a competition record 194 kg in total (85 kg snatch and 109 kg in the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships held at Anaheim, CA, United States.  In 2018, she was awarded the Padma Shri.

It is a great achievement for Mirabai Chanu and very proud moment for India. Twitterati celebrates Marabi’s victory in their own way.

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