New Delhi, 1st August 2022:
Mirabai Chanu Wins India’s First Gold Medal, CWG2022 Tokyo
Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Mirabai Chanu won the gold medal in the women’s 49kg at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham to continue India’s medal rush in weightlifting on Saturday.
After Sanket Sargar’s silver and Gururaja’s bronze in the men’s 55kg and 61kg respectively, earlier in the day, Mirabai Chanu’s medal was India’s first gold at Birmingham 2022.
Heading into the competition at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Solihull, Mirabai Chanu was the outright favourite to win her division and lived up to the billing with a total lift of 201kg (snatch – 88kg; clean and jerk – 113 kg).
With her mark, Mirabai Chanu shattered the Commonwealth Games record in the category.
The previous Games record, in fact, was held by Chanu herself courtesy a 191kg lift which brought her the 48kg gold medal at Gold Coast 2018.
“Am very happy to break the new Games record. It’s a special medal for me, just after the Olympics. My fight today was against myself. I wanted to touch 90kg in snatch but it didn’t happen. Hopefully it will come soon. My next target is the world championships.” – Mirabai Chanu
She always delivers. After winning India’s first medal at Tokyo 2020,
Mirabai Chanu wins India’s first GOLD medal at #CWG2022! The Tokyo silver medalist lifts a Games record 201kgs to clinch the top spot!
#Tokyo Olympics silver medalist #Mirabai_Chanu appeared to be quite confident as the #video clip shows her making the final clean and jerk lift of 109 kg without a fuss at #CommonwealthGames in Birmingham