India’s first gold medal of the 2017 World Weightlifting Championship was won by Mirabai Chanu, after she lifted a total of 194kg in the 48 kg category at Anaheim, USA on Wednesday.
The 23 year old Chanu lifted 85 kg in snatch, and 109kg in clean and jerk, totaling 194 kg and ending what has been a 22 year wait for a World Championship gold won by an Indian. The only other lifter from India to win a gold at the World Championship was Karnam Malleswari, who also won bronze at the Sydney Olympics. Malleswari accomplished the feat in the 1994 and 1995 editions of the World Championship in the 54 kg category.
For a while, it looked like Chanu would have to do with a silver medal, with Thailand’s Thunya Sukcharoen just needing to match her 109 kg attempt in the clean and jerk to clinch the top spot. However, Sukcharoen failed to do so and bagged the silver medal, lifting a total of 193 kg. Ana Iris Seguna of Colombia won the bronze medal, lifting a total of 182 kg.
Chanu had earlier looked in trouble, after failing to lift 85 kg in her second snatch attempt. However, she made no mistake in the third attempt to stay in the second spot. She then turned things around in clean and jerk lifting 103 kg, 107 kg and 109 kg in her three attempts, which eventually helped her clinch the gold.
Watch Chanu’s attempts below!
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