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National Games 2022: Mirabai Chanu lifts gold in 49kg weightlifting

Representing Manipur, Mirabai Chanu completed a total lift of 191 kgs to take home the gold medal. Sanjita Chanu won the silver while Sneha Soren took bronze.

3 min By Olympics.com
Mirabai Chanu.
(Picture by National Games)

Olympic silver-medallist and two-time Commonwealth Games champion Mirabai Chanu won the gold medal in the women’s 49kg weightlifting competition at the National Games 2022 in Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar on Friday.

Mirabai Chanu, representing Manipur, won the gold with a total lift of 191 kgs - 84kgs in snatch and 107 kgs in the clean and jerk.

Fellow Manipuri and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu took the silver medal with a total lift of 187 kgs - 82kg in snatch and 105kg in clean and jerk.

Odisha’s Sneha Soren, who won gold at the Khelo India University Games earlier this year, rounded off the podium after lifting a total of 169kg - 73kg in snatch and 96kg in the clean and jerk.

The 28-year-old Mirabai Chanu took home the gold despite a wrist injury.

“I recently injured my left wrist during training at NIS, Patiala, after which I made sure not to risk it further,” Mirabai Chanu said after her victory. “The world championships are coming up in December.

“It is a proud moment for me to represent Manipur at the National Games, and the excitement doubled when I was asked to lead the contingent at the opening ceremony. It normally gets hectic to attend opening ceremonies as my event starts early the next day, but I felt I must challenge myself this time around.”

In the snatch, Mirabai Chanu seized an early advantage by raising the bar to 81kgs in her very first attempt, before a clean effort of 84kg in her second lift gave her a cushion of 3kgs over statemate Sanjita, who could manage 80kg and 82kgs in her first two attempts.

Sanjita’s third attempt of lifting 84kg was adjudged a foul. Mirabai preferred to save her energy and didn’t turn up for the third attempt.

In the clean and jerk, Sanjita lifted 95kgs in her first attempt before raising the bar to 100kg and 105kg, with all three attempts getting the green light from the judges.

All eyes were pinned on Mirabai and she was greeted with thunderous applause from the crowd, which included a large Manipuri contingent.

The Birmingham Commonwealth Games gold medallist successfully lifted 103kg in her first attempt before returning to lift 107kg to take the top step on the podium. She didn’t need a third attempt to take home the gold.

National Games 2022 weightlifting results

Men

61kg class: 1. Charu Pesi (Arunachal Pradesh) Snatch 114kg, Clean & Jerk 145kg, Total 259kg; Muna Nayak (Maharashtra) 108, 147, 255; 3. Zakhuma (Mizoram) 113, 141, 254.

Women

49kg class: 1. Mirabai Chanu (Manipur) Snatch 84kg, Clean & Jerk 107kg, Total 191kg; 2. Sanjita Chanu (Manipur) 82, 105, 187; 3. Sneha Soren (Odisha) 73, 96, 169.

55kg class: 1. Ranibala Devi (Manipur) 84, 104, 188; 2. Veerjeet Kaur (Chandigarh) 82, 98, 180; 3. Pramila Krisani (Odisha) 70, 97, 167.

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