Tokyo: Mirabai Chanu won a silver medal for India in the women’s 49 kg weightlifting competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, on Saturday.
The 26-year-old Manipur athlete lifted a total weight of 202 kgs to win the medal. The gold in the event was won by China’s Hou Zhihui with a combined weight total of 210 kgs.
Chanu lifted 87 kgs in the snatch part of the event and ended with a lift of 115 kgs in clean and jerk, creating history for India in weightlifting. She is the second Indian weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari to win an Olympic medal.
Chanu has been a world champion in the past, when she won the gold medal in the 48 kg category in Anaheim. She is the reigning Commonwealth Games gold medallist in the 48kg category.
With the silver medal, Chanu has also opened India’s medal account at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
China’s Hou Zhihui clinched the gold medal in the event, while the bronze medal was won by Indonesia.
Chanu was seen as one of India’s strongest medal contender at the Olympics this year and was in fine form in the build-up to the Games. She had created the Clean and Jerk world record in April earlier this year in her category, lifting 119kg.
This was Chanu’s second appearance at Olympics. In the Rio edition in 2016, she had failed in her first snatch attempt of 82kg. On her second attempt, she was able to lift 82kg before failing in the third attempt at 84kg. She also flunked all three attempts in the Clean and Jerk.
However, the weightlifter made tremendous amends in her second outing in Tokyo. Chanu completed her first and second snatch attempts at 84kg and 87kg respectively, before failing the 89kg attempt. In the Clean and Jerk event, she successfully lifted weights of 110kg and 115kg.