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Commonwealth Games 2022 | Living up to expectations is not easy: IOA heaps praise on gold medallist Mirabai Chanu

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Mirabai Chanu defended her Commonwealth gold from the 2018 edition with a record-breaking total of 201kg (88kg + 113kg) in the 49kg category of women’s weightlifting on Saturday.

Mirabai Chanu poses with her Commonwealth gold medal

Mirabai Chanu poses with her Commonwealth gold medal. (Courtesy: AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India won a total of four medals (all in weightlifting) on the second day of the Commonwealth Games
  • IOA Acting President Anil Khanna said he is happy to see Mirabai Chanu’s efforts come to fruition
  • Indian weightlifters Jeremy Lalrinnunga and Popy Hazarika are favourites for podium finish on Day 3

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) congratulated weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on winning India’s first gold medal on the second day of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Mirabai, who won silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, defended her Commonwealth gold from the 2018 edition with a record-breaking total of 201kg (88kg + 113kg) in the 49kg category of women’s weightlifting at the National Exhibition Centre on Saturday.

“To be one of the strongest medal prospects and live up to the expectations is not easy, but Mirabai Chanu has done that with excellence and we are very happy to see her and her support system’s efforts come to fruition today,” IOA Acting President Anil Khanna said in a statement.

“Better yet, she challenged herself to attempt the 90kg lift. Though the result wasn’t the desired one, Chanu’s commitment to pushing the envelope and setting the bar higher as one of India’s best athletes is commended by the IOA. We congratulate her and the other medallists, Sanket Sargar, Gururaja Poojary, and Bindyarani Devi for performing with excellence in their respective categories,” added Khanna.

India won a total of four medals, including Mirabai’s gold, on the second day. Fellow weightlifters Sanket Sargar (silver in men’s 55kg), Gururaja Poojary (bronze in men’s 61kg) and Bindyarani Devi (silver in women’s 55kg) completed India’s medal tally on Day 2.

The third day is expected to see India adding more medals to its tally as more weightlifters, including the likes of Jeremy Lalrinnunga (men’s 67kg category) and Popy Hazarika (women’s 59kg category), will be in action.

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