Tokyo Olympics 2020: Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu wins silver medal in women’s 49kg category; PM congratulated her for winning

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Mirabai Chanu won a silver medal in the women’s 49 kg weightlifting competition on Saturday, begining India’s counter at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. To win the medal, the Manipur athlete lifted a total weight of 202 kg. China’s Hou Zhihui won the gold medal in the competition, with a combined weight total of 210 kg.

Chanu picked a total of 87 kg in the snatch part of the event and ended with a lift of 115 kg in clean and jerk. After 21 years, She is the second Indian after Karnam Malleswari to win an Olympic medal in weightlifting. With this victory, Mirabai Chanu wrote her name in the records of the country’s sporting history by becoming the first Indian weightlifter to win an Olympic silver medal. 

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has congratulated Mirabai Chanu for winning the Silver medal in weightlifting at Tokyo Olympics 2020.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “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. #Cheer4India #Tokyo2020”

Seema Jain

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