Mirabai Chanu of Manipur created a new record. In the World Weightlifting Championship, she won the gold medal in women’s 48kg division on Thursday.
Earlier, in 1994-95, Karnam Malleswari won gold in weightlifting. As the second Indian female weightlifter after Maleswari, Chanu, who is employed with the Indian Railways, lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the women’s 48kg, in the process setting a new national record. Thailand’s Sukcharoen Thunya won the silver medal with a total lift of 193, while Segura Ana Iris bagged the bronze with 182kg.
Chanu took part in the 48 kg category of women at the World Weightlifting Championship organized in Anaheim, USA. This is a much better performance by Chanu than the previous year’s Rio Olympics. Earlier, in September, Chanu won the Gold in Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championships in Australia and got the passport for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
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