Nagrota Bagwan (HP): Olympic medalist Mirabai Chanu won the gold medal comfortably, but failed to beat her national record at inauguration Khelo India Women’s Weightlifting League Tournament here on Thursday.
The silver medalist of the Tokyo Olympics has lifted a total of 191 kg (86 kg + 105 kg) to take the podium in the women’s standings in the senior, junior and youth categories.
Gyaneshwari Yadav 170 kg (78 kg + 92) and former Asian Weightlifting Championship gold medalist 45 kg Jhilli Dalabehra 166 kg (75 kg + 91 kg) finished second and third respectively.
After starting with a successful 86kg lift, 27-year-old Chanu failed to lift 89kg in her second and third jerks.
The national record and her personal best in the section stands at 88 kg, which Chanu had raised during the National Championships in 2020.
Chanu has been working on adapting her jerking technique, once considered her weakness. For this she has Dr. Aaron Horschig, a former weightlifter turned physiotherapist and strength and conditioning coach in the US.
The former world champion, who will compete for a third Commonwealth Games medal in the quadrennial event next month, has been aiming for the 90kg mark for a few years now.
In the clean and jerk, she lifted 105kg in her first attempt, a far cry from her world record lifting 119kg. She made no attempt at a second or third lift in the section.
The gap between Chanu and the other Indian lifters in the category was fully visible as second placed lifter Gyaneshwari lifted a whopping 21kg less than the Manipuri, while the difference was 25kg for Jhilli.
The tournament helps the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) maintains a robust national ranking system while providing additional competition to the country’s hitchhikers.
In the 49 kg youth event, Maharashtra’s Aarti Tatgunti became champion with a lifting capacity of 148 kg (65 kg + 83 kg), while Panchami Sonowal from Assam was able to lift 143 kg (63 kg + 80) to secure second place. Haryana’s Himanshee lifted 132kg (63kg + 69kg) to take third place.
Gyaneshwari also claimed first place in the junior 49 kg event with a lifting capacity of 170 kg (78 kg + 92 kg), while Sanju Devi, who lifted 154 kg (70 kg + 84 kg), and V.Rithika, who lifted 153 kg (67 kg + 86 kg), were second and third, respectively.
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