India is proud again.. India gets its first Gold at GC2018 and breaks three CWG record. We salute this lady…

Saikom Mirabai Channu! Yes, she is being a sensational topic in India now! India’s first gold medal of the opening day of the 2018 Commonwealth Games has come from world champion and CWG record holder Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, who broke six records in six lifts to finish first in the women’s 48 kg with a combined effort of 196kg to smash her previous career best of 194kg.

This is Saikhom’s second CWG medal following the silver, she won in Glasgow four years ago and was highlighted by a CWG and personal best lift of 86kg in the snatch category – all in the span of six minutes – and 110kg in the clean & jerk. In the past, her achievements are of CWG record of 175kg set by Nigeria’s Augustina Nwaokolo in Delhi in 2010.

According to the wiki source, “ 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. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for her contributions to the sport.”

“Chanu had won the silver medal in the women’s 48 kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow; Chanu went on broke the games record en-route to the gold medal at the 2018 edition of the event held in Gold Coast. Her biggest achievement came in 2017 when she won the gold medal at World Weightlifting Championships held in Anaheim, United States. And, that’s when her career started glorifying India. “

“Mirabai Chanu’s first major breakthrough was at the Glasgow edition of the Commonwealth Games; she won the silver medal in the 48kg weight category. And, Chanu qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women’s 48 kg category. Unfortunately, she failed to finish the event as she failed to lift the weight in any of her three attempts in clean & jerk section.”

Back again in 2017, she had won the Gold medal in the Women’s 48 kg category by lifting a competition record 194 kg in total of 85 kg snatch and 109 kg clean & jerk in the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships held at Anaheim, CA, United States. She was contested from Manipur, the state of India.

Chanu has also 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 this time. And, she is the first Indian women who won the Gold medal in the Commonwealth Games.

Shockingly, she is just 23 years old Indian lifter who works for Indian Railways as a senior ticket checker!! Qualifies for the commonwealth games with a national record weight lift of 194 kg, she had won the gold at the World Weightlifting Championships and became the second Indian since Karnam Malleswari did so 22 years ago. She has been hailed as the successor of India’s first individual woman medalist at the Olympic games, Malleswari.

As per the wiki source, Chanu was felicitated by the Chief Minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh, who presented her with a cash prize of Rs.2 million. In 2018, Chanu was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.

Source: TOI, Times Now

Prithu Agnihotri


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