Mirabai Chanu clinches a first gold medal for the Indian Contingent on the 2018 Commonwealth Games with a new record of 196 kg in the women’s 48kg category which is an all-time high.
The second-placed Marie Henrieta Ranaivosoa of Mauritius was almost 26kg behind at 170 while Sri Lanka’s Dinusha Gomes bagged the bronze with a total lift of 155kg. Chanu was so dominant in the field of 11 lifters that she started her first attempt in both snatch and clean and jerk after all the other competitors were done with all their three attempts.
Chanu, who claimed a silver at the 2014 CWG, lifted 80 kg in her first attempt and followed it by snatching 84 and 86 kgs, respectively, thereby breaking three records in all her lifts. And she assured herself of the gold medal following her very first attempt of 103 kg in clean and jerk.
Having assured herself of the gold, Chanu went for a personal best in clean and jerk and successfully lifted 110 kg to finish with a bang. Earlier, Gururaja had opened India’s account on the medal tally. He won a silver medal in the men’s 56 kg event with a total lift of 249 kg.
Nari Shakti at its best!
Her performance was record-breaking and she will be in focus for the next few weeks. People from all over the world applauded her tor her work ethic and success. Notable tweets came from Virender Sehwag. He wrote “Every lift from her broke a CWG record. Nari Shakti at its best. Super proud of #MirabaiChanu for winning the first Gold for India. #CommonwealthGames2018”.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 5, 2018
The Railway Ministry also congratulated her on her feat. “1st Gold Medal For India in Commonwealth Games 2018 at Goldcoast, Australia: Meerabai Chanu N.F.Rly Won Gold Medal With Six Games Records in Commonwealth Games 2018”.
She has made our country proud. It’s time for the other Indian competitors to make their mark.