Mirabai wins India’s first World Championships gold in 22 years

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu became the first Indian woman in over two decades to clinch gold at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA.

A lot of well-wishers congratulated her on twitter for her extremely wonderful victory.

“Congratulations Mirabai Chanu for winning a gold medal in the World Weightlifting Championship. India is so proud of you.And congratulations Manipur for giving the country such a wonderful series of champion sportswomen!” President Kovind wrote.

“India is proud of Mirabai Chanu, who has won a gold at the World Weightlifting Championship. Congratulations and best wishes for her future endeavours,” PM Modi wrote on his twitter handle.

Taking to Twitter, former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee extended his warm wishes to Chanu, saying that she has made the country proud by clinching gold.

“Heartiest Congratulations to S. Mirabai Chanu on winning Gold Medal in the #WorldWeightliftingChampionship2017. We are proud of you,” he wrote.

Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore also extended his warm wishes to Chanu and said, “Saikhom Mirabai Chanu wins #Gold in 2017 IWF Senior Men & Women #weightlifting championships in Anaheim, USA. In the 48 kg weight category, her total lift was 194 kg. That’s 4 times her bodyweight.In sports, and in life, ‘Will’ is everything. Never, EVER give up. #KheloIndia,”Rathore added in a series of tweets.

Olympic medallist and five-time world champion MC Mary Kom said, “Congratulations #MirabaiChanu on lifting #Gold at #WorldWeightliftingChampionship and becoming 2nd Indian after Karnam Malleshwari 2 bring the glory 2 our country. She created a new record by lifting total of 194kgs of weight in women’s 48kg category.”

Another Olympic medallist boxer, Vijender Singh, also joined the country in congratulating the 23-year-old weightlifter.

The weightlifter from Manipur ended India’s 22-year-long wait for a World Championship gold by creating a new world record of 194-kg – lifting 85-kg snatch and 109-kg in clean-and-jerk.

With the win, Chanu also became only the second Indian weightlifter ever to have won the gold medal in the World Championship. It was also India’s first gold in the tournament. Sydney Olympics bronze medallist Karnam Malleswari is the only other lifter to have achieved that feat. She won the gold in the 1994 and 1995 edition in the 54-kg category.

Meanwhile, Chanu, who displayed a mediocre performance at the Rio Olympics, qualified for Commonwealth Games (2018) after winning a gold at the Commonwealth Senior (men and women) weightlifting championships held at Gold Coast, Australia.