Mirabai Chanu created history by clinching India’s first silver medal in weightlifting
in Olympics’ history. Chanu won the medal in the 49kg category. The 26-year-old
lifted 87kg in snatch and 115kg in the Clean and Jerk event to score a total of 202
during the 49kg category final to create Indian history.
Mirabai Chanu thus becomes the second-ever Indian female weightlifter after
Karnam Malleswari to win an Olympic weightlifting medal.
Malleswari had won a bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and thus became the first-
ever female from India to win a medal at the quadrennial event.
Chanu, 26, was already a top medal prospect for India at the Tokyo Games which
finally got underway on Friday after a one-year delay due to the coronavirus
pandemic. In the lead-up to the event, the Indian had put up a series of solid
performances having set up a new world record in the clean and jerk section.