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Mirabai Chanu (Saikhom Mirabai Chanu)

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Mirabai Chanu (Saikhom Mirabai Chanu)

Born Date: 8th August 1994

Birth Place: Nongpok Kakching, Manipur

Height: 4ft 11 Inch

Weight: 49 Kg

With this monumental silver medal, Chanu has become the second Indian weightlifter to win an Olympic medal after Karnam Malleswari bagged bronze in the 69kg category at the 2000 Sydney Games when the weightlifting arena was opened to women for the first time

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Mirabai Chanu on winning the silver medal in Tokyo Olympics and tweeted,”Could not have asked for a happier start to @Tokyo2020!

Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu today won the first medal for India in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. She won a silver medal in the 49kg category of Women’s weightlifting event. She became the first Indian weightlifter to win a silver medal in Olympics. With this, she ended India’s 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics

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

5 years ago, Mirabai had headed to her maiden Olympic Games at Rio as one of the big Indian hopes, but she suffered a poor outing. Mirabai has the world record of 119kg in clean and jerk at the 2021 Asian Weightlifting Championships

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