Day One of the Tokyo Olympics and there may be already a ‘silver lining’ for India as weightlifter Mirabai Chanu introduced house a silver within the girls’s 49 kg class on Saturday (July 24) to place India on the medal’s tally. Chanu lifted 115 kg in her second try and created a brand new Olympic document within the course of.
However, when Chanu went for 117 kg, she couldn’t full the raise and settled for the silver medal to carry house first weightlifting Olympic medal after 21 years. China’s Hou Zhihui clinched the gold medal. Cantik Windy Aisah of Indonesia gained a Bronze medal in the identical class.
Chanu didn’t carry house a medal from the 2016 Rio Games however she was capable of flip the tide within the Tokyo Olympics, holding her nerves brilliantly. The 26-year outdated was delighted and the identical was palpable in her smile behind the masks and social media was pull of reward for this inspirational lifter.
This is how Twitter reacted to Mirabai Chanu’s silver Olympic medal:
Many many Congratulations to @mirabai_chanu on successful India’s first medal at #Tokyo2020. Such An inspiring efficiency that will likely be remembered for a very long time to come back and can encourage generations. Well completed
— Abhinav A. Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) July 24, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 24, 2021
India strikes first medal at Olympic #Tokyo2020
Mirabai Chanu wins silver Medal in 49 kg Women’s Weightlifting and made India proud
Congratulations @mirabai_chanu ! #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/NCDqjgdSGe
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) July 24, 2021
India’s 1st medal on day 1 !@mirabai_chanu wins SILVER in girls’s 49kg weightlifting!
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) July 24, 2021
And our marketing campaign within the #TokyoOlympics begins in model . A #Proudmoment for the entire nation . Congratulations @mirabai_chanu on successful the silver medal . pic.twitter.com/olNTb2TfP8
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) July 24, 2021
In truth, there have been numerous expectations from Mirabai Chanu as she had proven the abilities to go all the best way. The 26-year-old lifted a complete of 202kg (87kg+115kg) to raised Karnam Malleswari’s bronze within the 2000 Sydney Olympics. With this, she exorcised the ghosts of the 2016 Games the place she had didn’t log a single authentic raise.
Considered her weak point within the run as much as the marquee occasion, Chanu tried 84kg in her first snatch try. The Manipuri took her time and cleanly heaved the barbell.
She lifted 87kg in her subsequent try and raised the load to 89kg, which was one 1kg greater than her private better of 88kg that she had lifted on the nationwide championship final yr.