CWG 22: Mirabai Chanu win India’s first gold in weightlifting

Mirabai Chanu during her gold medal winning lift at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham on Saturday. Image Courtesy: Twitter @WeAreTeamIndia

Xtra Time Web Desk: As expected Mirabai Chanu won the first gold medal for India at Commonwealth Games 2022. Chanu lifted a total of 201 kg to win gold in women’s 49kg weightlifting event. It was the third medal from weightlifting on Day 2 of the ongoing CWG 2022. Earlier in the day Sanket Sargar won silver in 55 kg category and wjile Gururaj Poojary won bronze in 61 kilos. Chanu, who had won the gold medal at the 2018 CWG in Gold Coast in Australia, was miles ahead of the competition as she picked up 88kg in snatch and 113 kg in clean and jerk.

Due to her excellent performance in the snatch round, which saw her set the new Commonwealth record, Mirabai needed to just complete her first attempt in the clean and jerk round and she did it with aplomb, lifting 105kg.

Assured of gold, she went on to lift 113kg in her second attempt. She tried 119kg in her third, but could not complete the lift, but it mattered little as she secured her second gold medal in the Commonwealth Games.

Mirabai breezed through the event, lifting 29kg more than Mauritius’ Roilya Ranaivosoa (76kg + 96kg), who won silver and Canada’s Hannah Kaminsky, who took home the bronze medal, lifting a total of 171kg (74kg + 97kg).

Mirabai is one of the most decorated weightlifters in India. She has won silver in Commonwealth Games silver (2014) in Glasgow and gold (2018) in Gold Coast.

The highlight of her career came last year in Tokyo as she became India’s first silver medallist in weightlifting at the Olympic Games.