Mirabai Chanu, India’s Olympic silver medalist at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics 2020, could get her medal upgraded and won Gold medal in the 49kg women’s category as the winner China’s Zhizhi Hou, is being tested by the anti-doping authorities.
Mirabai, who lifted a combined weight of 202 kg, fell short by just 8kg from the Gold medal winner China’s Zhizhi Hou, who lifted 210 kg and created a new record.
Zhizhi Hou has been asked by the anti-doping authorities to stay back for a dope test. If she fails the test, it will be a historic moment for Mirabai, who will be the first women to ever win a Gold medal in weightlifting for India.
Speaking to media, a source close to the development said, “She has been asked to stay in Tokyo and the test will be done. The test is definitely happening.”
The rules of the games clearly state that if an athlete fails to clear the dope test, the one who has won the silver medal would be awarded gold.
Mirabai had lifted a total of 202 kgs – 87kg in snatch and 115kg in clean and jerk – thereby opening India’s account in the medal tally in the Olympics this year.
Mirabai Chanu became only the second Indian athlete to bag a medal in the Olympics in weightlifting after Karnam Malleswari’s bronze medal win in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the 69kg category.
Apart from Mirabai, it has been a disappointing show from the Indian athletes as Manika Batra, Sumit Nagal, Sutirtha Mukherjee all crashed out of the Olympics after their respective losses. Indian men’s hockey team lost to Australia while the shooters crumbled under pressure. Men’s archery team too lost to South Korea, in the quarter-finals.