Birmingham: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) praises record-breaking weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on winning the country’s first gold medal at the ongoing Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Chanu, who won silver at the Tokyo Olympics last year, defended her Commonwealth gold from the 2018 edition on Saturday with a record total of 201kg (88kg + 113kg) in the 49kg women’s weightlifting category at the National Exhibition Centre.
Her gold took India’s medal standings to three, with fellow weightlifters Sanket Sargar and Gururaja Poojary taking silver and bronze in the men’s 55kg and 61kg categories, respectively, earlier in the day.
Later, Bindyarani Devi won the silver medal in the women’s 55 kg and sealed a fourth medal for the country.
IOA Acting President Anil Khanna said: “It is not easy being one of the strongest medal contenders and meeting expectations, but Ms. Mirabai Chanu has done an excellent job and we are very happy to see her efforts and its support system come into being.fruit today.
Better yet, she challenged herself to lift the 90kg. While the outcome was not the desired one, Ms Chanu’s commitment to pushing herself to the limit and raising the bar as one of India’s best athletes has been commended by the IOA.
“We congratulate her and the other medalists, Mr. Sanket Sargar, Mr. Gururaja Poojary and Ms. Bindyarani Devi on their outstanding achievements in their respective categories,” Khanna added.
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