India’s Mirabai Chanu wins gold at World Weightlifting Championships

Mirabai Chanu

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu has once again made India proud by winning gold at World Weightlifting Championship, held in Anaheim, USA. Chanu has created a new world record of 194kg - 85kg snatch and 109kg clean-and-jerk - to lift gold at the World Weightlifting Championships.

With this win, she has become the second Indian weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari to win gold. For the same event, Thailand's Sukcharoen Thunya won the silver medal with a total lift of 193, while Segura Ana Iris bagged bronze with 182kg.

Chanu participated in the women's 48kg event at the Championships, began with a total of 85kg and then followed up with 109kg to deliver India its second gold medal since Malleswari did the country proud in 1994 and 1995. She even participated at the Rio Olympics last year, but failed to win any medal.

In September, Chanu sealed passage to next year's Commonwealth Games after winning gold at the Commonwealth Senior weightlifting championships held in Australia.

The President of India has congratulated Mirabai Chanu for winning a gold medal in the World Weightlifting Championship. He even congratulated Manipur for giving the country such a wonderful series of champion sportswomen.


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