India captain Virat Kohli sent a special message to Mirabai Chanu who made the country proud by winning a silver medal in weightlifting in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics 2020. Chanu won a silver medal in the women’s 49 kg weight lifting competition held on 24th July.
In the video shared by BCCI on its Official Twitter handle, Kohli said, “Mirabai Chanu has shouldered the hopes of the nation and converted it into glory. Watch our Indian athletes compete in the Tokyo Olympics.”
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Mirabai Chanu has lifted 87 kg in snatch whereas she went on to lift 115kg in clean & jerk. Chanu lifted a total of 202 kg weight & thus won the Silver medal. Chanu was very happy after creating history for India by winning India’s first medal at the ongoing Olympics games. Mirabai Chanu fulfilled the nation’s expectations by winning a silver medal for the country.
Mirabai Chanu had a great run in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. According to reports, Mirabai Chanu also stands a chance to win the Gold Medal as China’s Zhihui Hou will be tested by Anti-Doping Authorities. Chanu now has become the second-ever Indian female weight lifter after Karnam Malleswari to win an Olympic medal in weightlifting. Karnam Malleswari had won a bronze medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. On the other hand, Indonesia’s Windy Cantika Aisah also took home the silver medal with a total lift of 194 kg.
Chanu becomes the fifth ever Indian female athlete to have won an individual Olympic medal. Before her, Malleswari, Saina Nehwal (Women’s singles badminton bronze, London Olympics 2012), PV Sindhu (Women’s singles badminton silver, Rio 2016), and Sakshi Malik (Wrestling bronze, Rio 2016) have achieved the feat.
Earlier on Saturday, several cricketers from the Indian cricket fraternity congratulated Mirabai Chanu for this historic achievement. After winning a silver medal in Tokyo Olympics 2020, Chanu said, “I would like to especially thank Sports Authority of India and TOPS for extending every possible support for my continuous training in the country and abroad. This medal is only possible because of teamwork. Thank you once again SAI”.