The Hush Post: Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on Thursday became the first Indian woman in over two decades to claim a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, US, making her forget her disappointing performance at the Rio Olympics when she had failed to lift the weight in any of her three attempts in clean & jerk section in the 48kg category.
Chanu lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the women’s 48kg setting a new national record. Chanu, with her lift of 85kg, came second in snatch but bagged the top positions each in clean & jerk and in overall total to finish with gold by beating 20 weightlifters. Thailand’s Sukcharoen Thunya followed her closely with a total lift of 193 and won the silver medal, while Segura Ana Iris bagged the bronze with 182kg.
With a personal best of 192kg, Chanu entered into the competition as a strong medal contender.The absence of Rio Olympics 48kg gold medallist Sopita of Thailand made Chanu’s tryst easier as Tanasan shifted to the 53kg in this championship and China could not field any lifter due to a one-year ban for doping.