Her story is an inspiration for many and speaks of the remarkable rise in her life. As a kid, she used to lift heavy firewood which her brother four years elder to her failed to do
New Delhi: Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu today won the first medal for India in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. She won a silver medal in the 49kg category of Women's weightlifting event. She became the first Indian weightlifter to win a silver medal in Olympics.With this, she ended India's 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics.
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Her story is an inspiration for many and speaks of the remarkable rise in her life. As a kid, she used to lift heavy firewood which her brother four years elder to her failed to do. Due to those travels with firewood on her shoulder, she now lifts the heaviest of weights to elevate her position at such international competitions. Born to a poor family in Nongpok Kakching village about 20 kilometres from Imphal, the youngest among six siblings, Mirabai would go to collect firewood from a nearby hill with her brother Saikhom Sanatomba Meitei, who is four years elder to her.
Mirabai used to find her inspiration from Kunjarani Devi, India's most decorated female weightlifter. Her ambition was fuelled by the firewood carried by her every day as she left her mark at the Tokyo Olympics. She is the proud gold medallist of the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the world record holder in clean and jerk with a lift of 119kgs.
Overall, Mirabai is 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.