Manipur celebrates Chanu’s gold

Imphal: Manipur burst into celebrations as Mirabai Chanu picked up India’s first gold medal at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Residents of Nongpok Kakching in Imphal East district, Chanu’s hometown, were glued to television on Saturday night. When her Gold was confirmed, they burst into joy.

Her mother Tombi Devi said she couldn’t sleep the night before the race and only prayed for her win.

“I am so proud of her. We stayed up late last night to see her event. Now her sisters, relatives and neighbors celebrate with the tricolor, and some enjoy the traditional Thabal Chongba dance,” she said.

Chanu (49kg) went on a record-breaking attack, claiming four of them in a strong performance, to take home India’s first gold medal at Saturday’s Games.

The Olympic silver medalist smashed the Games record in both clean and jerk and total lift.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh said he was super proud of Manipur’s “superstar daughter”.

“There is no better feeling than seeing our tricolor flying high on the world stage. The whole nation is proud of you Mirabai,” he said.

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