World champion weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu(48kg) India’s first gold medal at the 21st Commonwealth Games being held at Gold Coast in Australia.
In a remarkable performance, Chanu smashed the Commonwealth Games record in snatch, pulling off clean lifts in all her three attempts (80kg, 84kg and 86kg).
Chanu then went on to lift more than double her body weight (103kg, 107kg and 110kg) in three successful attempts to claim the clean and jerk as well as the overall Games record. The showing helped her better the silver she had won in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
“I was not expecting to break records but I certainly wanted to break them when I came here. I can’t put in words, how it feels right now,” a jubilant Chanu told PTI.
“I can only say that I have worked really hard to achieve this. I am very happy. This is my second CWG medal, it is such a good feeling,” she added.
The Indian ended with a total lift of 196kg (86kg+110kg), earning a massive applause from the fans at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre.
“My next target is the Asian Games, I want to better this as well. It will be very tough and I have to work really hard for it. There was hardly any competition here but I still had to give my best,” she said.
“The Asian region is the toughest in weightlifting because there is China and Thailand. But I am confident of a good performance,” she added.
Chanu’s previous best was a total lift of 194kg (snatch 85kg and 109kg in clean and jerk) achieved in the World Championships a few months ago.
“This continues to heal the wounds of my Olympic heartbreak. I had such bad luck there,” said the 23-year-old from Manipur, referring to her failure to manage even a single clean lift at the Rio Games in 2016.
The silver in the event went to Mauritian Marie Ranaivosova (76kg+94kg), while the bronze was taken by Sri Lanka’s Dinusha Gomes (70kg+85kg).
Wishes poured in for Chanu from different quarters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office also congratulated her.
Congratulations to Saikhom Mirabai Chanu for winning India’s first Gold at the #GC2018 games and breaking three CWG records. India is delighted by these achievements: PM @narendramodi @GC2018 pic.twitter.com/XHyFh8blVw
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 5, 2018
(With inputs from PTI)