Mirabai Chanu feels her only competition at CWG is herself

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Indian weightlifting stalwart and Olympics silver medallist Mirabai Chanu will enjoy a walk in the park at the upcoming Commonwealth Games, and the only competition she will have in Birmingham is none but herself.

In between winning gold at the 2018 CWG in Gold Coast and this year’s edition, Mirabai has been decorated with silver at the Tokyo Olympic Games last year, bronze at the 2020 Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent, along with a world record.

The 27-year-old Manipuri lifter is the favourite at the CWG this year. Chanu, whose personal best of 207kg (88kg+119kg) is miles ahead of her closest competition, Nigerian lifter Stella Kingsley’s 168kg (72kg+96kg), is aiming to break into the 120kg mark, as well as touch the 90kg in the snatch section, which she addresses as being a mental block.

“Commonwealth Games will be easy for me. I will be fighting with myself. There is not much competition in Commonwealth Games, but that doesn’t mean there is no competition. I have to give my best performance keeping in mind the future tournaments. I am thinking of attempting 120kg in the Commonwealth Games,” said Chanu to PTI on Sunday.

“Yes,” she said about her 90kg snatch target becoming a mental block, “We have planned to lift 91kg or 92kg at the Commonwealth Games. Hopefully, it will happen.”

“I haven’t gone above 88kg. That is the weight I have set. But training-wise right now I am better placed than I was at the Olympics. To lift 90kg in a competition, we set the weight between 80-90kg which we lift consistently every day. It’s not like we lift 90kg every day,” Chanu added.

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