India’s 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 Saturday. In a remarkable performance, Chanu smashed the Commonwealth and CWG record in snatch. She obliterated the Games record in clean and jerk as well as total lift.
The former world champion ended with a total lift of 201kg (88kg+113kg), which is far from her personal best. She equalled her national record lift of 88kg in the snatch section. The Olympic silver medallist, who has been working on her snatch technique, then attempted the much-anticipated 90kg but couldn’t pull it off.
Sporting her famous ‘lucky’ earrings shaped like the Olympic rings, Chanu lifted more than twice her body weight (109kg, 113kg) in the clean and jerk, in which she holds the world record (119kg). Mauritian weightlifter Marie Hanitra Roilya Ranaivosoa 172kg (76kg+96kg) won the silver. Hannah Kaminski of Canada 171 kg (74kg+97kg) also finished on the podium. With this Chanu added a third CWG medal to her kitty, having won silver and gold in the Glasgow and Gold Coast editions respectively.
As soon as she won India’s first gold medal, Twitter was filled with praises for her. Check out the best reacts here.
Pretty cool to see Mirabai in action in the flesh today. At a completely different level from the field. The Welsh journo sitting next to me was in complete awe. So awesome that such an athlete is one of ours. pic.twitter.com/3tCBuhXHrP
— Snehal Pradhan (@SnehalPradhan) July 30, 2022
Mirabai Chanu does the expected and get Gold with Games records. She will be happy at getting that Snatch right before backing it up with a good Clean & Jerk. https://t.co/aLzX7JvsN9
— G Rajaraman (@g_rajaraman) July 30, 2022
ITS A GOLD MEDAL _
_ Wins Indias first Gold at #CWG2022
_Whopping 29kg difference between 1-2
_Sets up new Games record of 201kg
Been watching the weightlifters all evening. Now I’ve got (vicarious) lower back pain __ just how do they do it #CWG2022India
— smitha nair (@smitharnair) July 30, 2022
Impeccable display of strength & mental fortitude by the exceptional #MirabaiChanu to win India’s first gold at the CWG ’22. You have made India proud and have given us all a reason to rejoice and celebrate.#CWG2022India #CommonwealthGames22 pic.twitter.com/eLf8qw8MV9
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) July 30, 2022
Mirabai is just so adorable _ how can someone not be happy for her____ She doesn’t everything and some more! Protect her at any cost, She’s a national treasure!! #CWG22 #CWG2022India
— Indian Olympic Dream (@olympic_indian) July 30, 2022