Birmingham, July 31st: Star weightlifter Mirabai Chanu (49kg) went on a record-smashing spree, claiming four of them in a power-packed performance, to claim India’s first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on July 30, 2022.
In a remarkable performance, Chanu smashed the Commonwealth and CWG record in snatch.
The former world champion ended with a total lift of 201kg (88kg+113kg), which is far from her personal best.
#Weightlifting Update 🚨
Tokyo Olympics Silver medalist @mirabai_chanu equals the National Record and set the new Games Record and Commonwealth Record in Women's 49kg Snatch category with a lift of 88kg
Mirabai is on 🔥🔥🔥
— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) July 30, 2022
The silver went to Mauritius’ Marie Hanitra Roilya Ranaivosoa (172kg) and bronze to Canada’s Hannah Kaminski (171 kg)
Chanu’s first attempt in snatch was comfortable before she lifted 88kg in the second before leaving 90kg for the third and final attempt. She was not able to record a new personal best but still went into the clean and jerk with a 12kg advantage over Ranaivosoa.
Congratulating her, PM Narendra Modi said, The exceptional Mirabai Chanu makes India proud once again! Every Indian is delighted that she’s won a Gold and set a new Commonwealth record at the Birmingham Games. Her success inspires several Indians, especially budding athletes.
The exceptional @mirabai_chanu makes India proud once again! Every Indian is delighted that she’s won a Gold and set a new Commonwealth record at the Birmingham Games. Her success inspires several Indians, especially budding athletes. pic.twitter.com/e1vtmKnD65
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 30, 2022