India’s Saikhom Mirabai Chanu won gold in the women’s 48kg weightlifting, setting a new Commonwealth Games record in the process with a total lift of 196kg. The 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games is being held in Gold Coast, Australia.
Weightlifting is usually known as Olympic-style competition has two lifts – the snatch and the clean and jerk. In snatch, the grip of a bell with weights is kept wide. The lift has to be done in one go. The Clean and Jerk is a close grip two move lift.
In snatch, Mirabai lifted 80, 84, 86 kgs in her three attempts respectively, while in Clean and Jerk she lifted 103, 107 and 110 kgs in her three lifts respectively. With a total of 196 kgs, Mirabai Chanu also set a Commonwealth Record and a Commonwealth Games Record.
Chanu got emotional when she went up to the podium to collect the medal. “ I was devastated after not winning a medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, I made it my life mission to become the best in my sport”, Mirabai said.
About Saikhom Mirabai Chanu?
The 23-year-old Indian lifter hails from Imphal East, Manipur, and works as a senior ticket checker with the Indian Railways. She took up weightlifting in 2007 after being inspired by another pioneer of Indian weightlifting, Kunjarani Devi. She is an inspiration for Saikhom. Mirabai was 9 when she watched Kunjarani Devi’s performance at the 2004 Olympics. Mirabai’s decided then that she too would hold a medal on the podium, and that’s what she did. In 2018, Chanu was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. Chanu’s first medal in a major event at the senior level came at the previous held CWG in Glasgow, Scotland back in 2014. There she clinched a silver with Sanjita Chanu winning the gold medal.
It is truly a proud moment for India! We congratulate Saikhom Mirabai Chanu for winning India’s first gold at CWG2018.