CWG 2022: Mirabai Chanu shatters record; captures India’s first gold in the campaign

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India’s ace weightlifter Mirabai Chanu secured a gold medal in the women’s 49kg weightlifting final at the Commonwealth Games 2022. This marks India’s first in the ongoing edition. She lifted 84kg (snatch) in her opening attempt, and went on to lift 88kg in her second. However, her third attempt of 90kg was unsuccessful. She started the clean and jerk round with a 109kg lift and followed it up with 113kg. However, her third attempt of 115kg was unsuccessful as well.

Mirabai Chanu dedicates the win to her coach

Here is what she said after the win:

“I am very happy. I broke the 48 kg category record [in 2018], now the 49 kg record as well to win gold. I am very happy with my performance. This was my biggest competition since the Tokyo Olympics, so I am happy that I was able to win India’s first gold at CWG 2022.  My preparation heading into the competition was good and I knew I was competing with myself and it was like a fight within, for me.”

“My aim was to touch 90 kg in snatch, and I was confident that I will be able to lift that weight; nevertheless, I am happy with the performance. I will celebrate this well, and I hope all of our athletes do well and win many medals here. World championship is my next target and i will try and do better than what I did here and will aim to break the world record I set at the world. I dedicate this medal to my coach and my family – they have supported me all through life, always motivated me and to my federation as well.”

Earlier in the day, weightlifter Sanket Sargar broke the deadlock and clinched a silver medal in the men’s 55kg category. Gururaja Poojary then secured a bronze in the men’s 61 kg finals. The 21-year-old managed a total of 248kg (113kg+135kg) to finish just one kilogram behind Malaysia’s Mohamad Aniq, who smashed the Games record in clean and jerk as he lifted 249kg (107kg+142kg) to win the gold.

Meanwhile, weightlifter Gururaja Poojary clinched a bronze medal in the men’s 61kg category at the Commonwealth Games, adding to India’s tally. Gururaja, a sliver medallist at the 2018 CWG at Gold Coast, lifted a total of 269kg (118kg+151kg) to finish in the third place.

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