Tokyo, 24 July. Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won the silver medal in the women’s 49 Kg weightlifting event today, winning India’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
She had total lifts of 202kg, including 87kg in Snatch and 115kg in Clean & Jerk. The 26-year-old from Manipur, nurtured carefully after a back injury in 2018, became the toast of the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and people of India from all corner of the country congratulated Mirabai for her achievement.
PM Modi expressed happiness at India’s medal-winning start and congratulated Chanu for her performance. “Could not have asked for a happier start to Tokyo2020! India is elated by Mirabai Chanu’s stupendous performance. Congratulations to her for winning the Silver medal in weightlifting. Her success motivates every Indian,” Modi tweeted with the hashtag Cheer4India.
Congratulating Mirabai Chanu, Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur said, “A big thank you and thank you on behalf of PM Modi and the entire country for bringing a big smile on the faces of 135 crore Indians. First day, first medal; you made the country proud.”
Mira started her training at SAI centre in Imphal near her hometown. For the last five year, the genial Mirabai Chanu would have been at home in Manipur for a total of five weeks. She remained in her training base at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala, taking time off only to travel to Mumbai for rehabilitation of her lower back injury in 2018. She was inducted into the Target Olympic Podium Scheme in 2017.