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.
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.
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.
#CWG2018: Mirabai Chanu sets CWG record to clinch first gold medal for India
— Amrita Bhinder (@amritabhinder) April 5, 2018
Inspirational Mirabai Chanu💪
Gold is coming😊
She broke 3 record in 6 Min 🙏1st lift-80kg broke Games Record
2nd lift-84kg broke her GR n equalled the Commonwealth Record (CR).
3rd lift-86kg-New CR in Snatch #CG2018 #PrideOfIndia pic.twitter.com/pZPJP2cP2E
— Maj Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) April 5, 2018
Chanu Mirabai, you 🌟!
The 23 year-old claims 🇮🇳 India's first gold of #GC2018 with a dominating performance in the women's 48kg weightlifting division.
— 7CommGames (@7CommGames) April 5, 2018
— Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) April 5, 2018
Three Generation of Indian Women Weightlifting
1980s :: Kunjarani Devi
1990s :: Karnam Malleshwari
2018 :: Mirabai Chanu pic.twitter.com/cDpzOn6VuQ
— indianhistorypics (@IndiaHistorypic) April 5, 2018
— Raghvendra Singh (@raghvendra108) April 5, 2018
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