Guwahati, July 10, 2019
Former world champion Mirabai Chanu led the Indian medal rush by bagging a gold medal on the opening day of the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship at Apia, Samoa on July 9th, 2019.
She lifted a total of 191kg (84kg + 107 kg) in the senior women’s 49 kg event to win the gold medal in the Olympic qualifying event.
Gold medal 🥇in the Commonwealth Championship is a great start for me looking ahead mission Olympics. Thank you all for love & support.Special thanks to @IndiaSports @Media_SAI our federation, coach Vijay sir, support staff @OGQ_India @EdelweissFin @iosindiaoff @TheWelspunGroup pic.twitter.com/GAW8V2uSgG
— Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (@mirabai_chanu) July 10, 2019
Chanu’s first major breakthrough game at the Glasgow edition of the Commonwealth Games; she won the silver medal in the 48 kg weight category. Chanu’s biggest achievement came in 2017 when she won the gold medal at World Weightlifting Championships held in Anaheim, United States.
In 2018, Chanu, who hails from Manipur, was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.