Watch: How Chanu’s record-breaking rise helped India win its first CWG 2022 gold medal
Mirabai Chanu had a wide smile on her face as she broke her own Commonwealth Games weightlifting record en route to India’s maiden gold medal in Birmingham on Saturday. The Indian weightlifter lifted a total of 201kg and even equaled his personal best in the snatch – a national record – and set the Games record with a successful lift of 88kg on his second attempt at the event 49 kg female. Commonwealth Games 2022 Day 2 Live
After hitting 88kg, Chanu attempted 90kg on his third attempt but was unsuccessful. She then lifted 109kg in her first clean and jerk attempt to seal the gold. Silver went to Mauritian Marie Hanitra Roilya Ranaivosoa (172 kg) and bronze to Canadian Hannah Kaminski (171 kg).
With that, Chanu added a third CWG medal to his prize pool, having won silver and gold respectively at the Glasgow and Gold Coast editions. His efforts helped India clinch the third medal of the day, all three in weightlifting after Sanket Sargar took silver and Gururaja Poojary bronze in their respective events.
In the clean and jerk category, Chanu showed breathtaking power by lifting 109 kg in his first attempt. On her second attempt, she lifted 113 kg but failed to lift 115 kg on the last.
She finished with a total lift of 201 kg (88 kg 113 kg), which is far from her personal best, which is a colossal 207 kg in the women’s 49 kg category.
After his record-breaking 88kg lift in the snatch lap, Chanu led the race with a 12kg gap to second-placed Marie Hanitra Roilya Ranaivosoa.
Chanu, 27, won his first medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 when he won a silver medal in the 48 kg category. At the Rio 2016 Olympics she came up short but bounced back two years later to win the yellow metal at the 2017 World Championships and then won gold at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Chanu and tweeted that his success will inspire many Indians, especially aspiring athletes.
“Exceptional @mirabai_chanu makes India proud once again! Every Indian is delighted that she has won a gold medal and set a new commonwealth record at the Birmingham Games. Her success inspires many Indians especially budding athletes,” he wrote.