An Olympic silver medallist, a world champion and two-time Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, Mirabai Chanu can lay claim to being one of India’s finest weightlifters.
Mirabai’s silver medal at Tokyo 2020 was only the second Olympic medal by an Indian weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari. She also became only the second Indian woman after PV Sindhu to win an Olympic silver medal.
It helped banish the demons of her debut Olympics at Rio 2016 - where she had entered after shattering a 12-year national record - but was unable to complete any of her clean-and-jerk lifts.
The disappointment left Mirabai Chanu depressed and she even contemplated early retirement. The silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics was the result of steely determination and numerous sacrifices.
From lifting firewood as a kid to being elevated onto international podiums, Mirabai Chanu's story is one of a remarkable journey.
Born in a family with limited means and the youngest among six siblings in Nongpok Kakching, a village in Imphal, Chanu’s lifting prowess was first noted when she was around 12. She was able to lift and carry home a bundle of firewood that was way too heavy for her brother, four years her senior.
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