“I was devastated after not winning a medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, I made it my life mission to become the best in my sport.”
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, the 23-year-old weightlifter from Manipur, on Thursday opened India’s account of gold medals at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 by winning one in the women’s 48 kg category, with a combined effort of 196 kg.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu was born on 8 August 1994 and is an Indian Weightlifter. A regular presence in international events since 2014 in the 48 kg category, Chanu has won the World Championships and multiple medals at the Commonwealth Games. Talking about her early life, Chanu was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for her contributions to the sport.
Chanu’s first major breakthrough game was at the Glasgow edition of the Commonwealth Games; where she won the silver medal in the 48kg weight category. Chanu qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women’s 48 kg category. However, she failed to finish the event as she failed to lift the weight in any of her three attempts in clean & jerk section.
But then again In 2017, she won the Gold medal in the Women’s 48 kg category by lifting a competition record 194 kg in total (85 kg snatch and 109 kg clean & jerk) in the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships held at Anaheim, CA, United States.
Chanu lifted a total of 196 kg, 86 kg in Snatch and 110 kg in Clean and Jerk to win the first gold medal for India in the Commonwealth Games 2018. En-route to the medal, she broke the games record for the weight category; the effort also marked her personal best performance.
Chanu was felicitated by the Chief Minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh, who presented her with a cash prize of ₹2 million. In 2018, Chanu was awarded with the Padma Shri Award by the Government of India.
Breaking her six personal records in six lifts, Chanu not only made the country proud but also rewrote history, raising her own National record by one kg.
The day started with weightlifter P Gururaja bagging the silver medal in the men’s 56-kg category followed by the Gold Medal backed by Chanu (Indian Weightlifter) in the Weightlifting Competition with a sum of 196 Kgs. In total making the Country proud once again.