Saikhom Mirabai Chanu became the first Indian in over two decades to win a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship after she lifted a total of 194 kg in the 48kg category at Anaheim, USA, on Wednesday.
Chanu, participating in the women’s 48kg event at the Championships held in Anaheim, USA, began with a total of 85kg and then followed up with 109kg to deliver India its second gold medal since Karnam Malleshwari had bagged the gold in 1994 and 1995.
“I owe a lot to my coach Vijay Sharma for this medal. We have worked really hard for this and hopefully, I will be able to replicate this in Tokyo in 2020,” Mirabai told India Today after winning the medal.
In Anaheim, Chanu was always considered a medal contender but it looked like the Indian may have to settle for silver with Thailand’s Thunya Sukcharoen needed just match her 109 kg attempt in clean and jerk to clinch the top spot.
But Sukcharoen failed and took the silver with a total of 193 kg while Colombia’s Ana Iris Segura bagged the bronze with a total lift of 182 kg.
Some of the world’s top weightlifting nations such as Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Azerbaijan could not take part in the competition due to issues related to doping.
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