Star of the day & Olympic Silver Medalist from India; Mirabai Chanu ended India’s 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics by clinching a silver medal in the 49kg category to open the country’s Medal Tally on Saturday. The 26-year-old lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) and won Silver Medal for India.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (born 8 August 1994) is an Indian weightlifter.She won Silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Women’s 49 kg, bringing India its first medal in the event. A regular presence in international events since 2014 in the 48 kg category, Chanu has won the World Championships and multiple medals at the Commonwealth Games.
She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for her contributions to the sport. She was awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by the Government of India in 2018. Chanu had won the silver medal in the women’s 48 kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow.
She went on to break the games record en route to the gold medal at the 2018 edition of the event held in Gold Coast. Her biggest achievement came in 2017, when she won the gold medal at World Weightlifting Championships held in Anaheim, United States.
We at SportsNar congratulate her.