Mirabai Chanu Wins India’s 1st Gold At Commonwealth Games In Birmingham

Mirabai Chanu wins gold in 49-kg women's weightlifting at Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

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Mirabai Chanu at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. (Image: Twitter/ @WeAreTeamIndia)

New Delhi: Mirabai Chanu on Saturday, July 30, won gold in 49-kg women’s weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The ace weightlifter got India it’s first gold medal and third medal at the Games. With Chanu’s win India’s medal tally at CWG weightlifting events rose to 128.

Earlier in the day, Sanket Mahadev Sargar and Gururaj Poojary won silver and bronze in the men’s 55 kg and 61 kg weightlifting event on Day 2 of the Games. Sargar opened India’s medal account at the CWG 2022 clinching a silver, followed by Poojary’s bronze.

In a spectacular performance, Chanu smashed the CWG record in clean and jerk, as well as, total lift. The former world champion lifted more than twice her body weight (109kg, 113kg) in the clean and jerk, in which she holds the world record (119kg). She ended with a total lift of 201kg (88kg+113kg), which is far from her personal best.

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The Olympic silver medallist, who has been working on her snatch technique, then attempted the much-anticipated 90kg but couldn’t pull it off. She equalled her national record lift of 88kg in the snatch section.

Mauritian weightlifter Marie Hanitra Roilya Ranaivosoa 172kg (76kg+96kg) won the silver. Hannah Kaminski of Canada 171 kg (74kg+97kg) also finished on the podium.

With this Chanu won her third CWG medal. Her previous two medals were silver and gold in the Glasgow and Gold Coast editions respectively.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated weightlifter Mirabai Chanu after she clinched India’s first gold medal in the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.

“The exceptional @mirabai_chanu makes India proud once again! Every Indian is delighted that she’s won a Gold and set a new Commonwealth record at the Birmingham Games. Her success inspires several Indians, especially budding athletes,” tweeted the Prime Minister.

Newly-elected President Droupadi Murmu also extended her wishes to Mirabai Chanu for her gold medal win.

“Mirabai Chanu scripts history by winning weightlifting gold medal, setting a new record in #CommonwealthGames. Her first gold medal for India in the ongoing Games has created a wave of joy & celebration across the country. Well done, Mirabai! India is proud of you & your medals,” she tweeted.

Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur also extended his congratulations to the weightlifter for her achievement. “Much awaited Gold by @mirabai_chanu creating a new Games Record in Women’s 49kg Snatch, Clean and Jerk and total lift. You have put India on the top yet again with your amazing performance in #CWG2022 #Cheer4India,” tweeted Anurag Thakur.