GUWAHATI: Weighlifter Siakhom Mirabai Chanu made history on Saturday by becoming the 1st Indian weightlifter to qualify for this year’s Tokyo Olympics after securing the 2nd spot in the Absolute Rankings.
The 26-year-old Chanu is placed 2nd in the 49 kg category (4133,6172 Robi points) on the Absolute Ranking list issued by the International Weighlifting Federation on Saturday.
The former world champion was earlier ranked 4th but North Korea’s withdrawal from Tokyo Olympics propelled Mirabai Chanu to second place.
Congratulating Chanu for her achievement, the Sports Authority of India tweeted, “Many congratulations to #TOPSAthelete weightlifter @mirabai_chanu who has qualified for #tokyo2020 after @iwfnet published its Absolute Ranking List where she is placed 2nd in the women’s 49 kg.”
This will be Chanu’s second Olympics after the 2016 Rio games where she failed to lift any of the weights in clean and jerk to bow out of the showpiece event in Brazil.
Besides Mirabai and China’s Hou Zhihui, there are two more Asian lifters among top eight in women’s 49 kg. Hou is top-ranked in 49kg with 4926,4422 points.
Chanu lifted 86kg in snatch and a world record of 119kg in clean and jerk for a total of 205kg to set a new world record in clean and jerk while also bettering her own national record in the process.