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Mirabai Chanu Wins Gold In Weighlifting 55kg Division, Qualifies For Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022

Chanu comfortably lifted 81kg, 84kg and 86kg in her three snatch attempts here.

Published: February 25, 2022 4:38 PM IST

By PTI

Mirabai Chanu Wins Gold In Weighlifting 55kg Division, Qualifies For Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022
The 27-year-old Chanu has also qualified for the CWG in the 49kg weight category on the basis of her Commonwealth rankings. (Credits: Saikhom Mirabai Chanu/Twitter)

Singapore: Competing in the 55kg weight class for the first time, Chanu lifted 191kg (86kg+105kg) to stand on top of the podium in an uncompetitive field. The second placed lifter — Australia’s Jessica Sewastenko’s best effort was 167kg (77kg+90kg), a whopping 24kg less than Chanu’s. Elly Cassandra Englebert of Malaysia finished third with a best effort of 165kg (75kg+90kg).

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The other three Indian lifters competing on day one of the event — Sanket Sagar (55kg), Rishikanta Singh (55kg) and Bindyarani Devi (59kg)– also sealed Commonwealth Games berths. Having pulled out of the world championships in December, this was Chanu’s first competitive event since the historic Tokyo Games performance last July, when she bagged India’s first silver medal in weightlifting at the Olympics.

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Chanu had pulled out of the world championship to work on a new snatch technique and head coach Vijay Sharma was delighted to see the progress the Manipuri has made in the section, which was once considered her weakness.

She comfortably lifted 81kg, 84kg and 86kg in her three snatch attempts here.

“We had been working on her snatch technique. And I am happy with the results, she has shown good progress in snatch these past seven months,” Sharma told PTI over the phone from Singapore.

The 27-year-old Chanu has also qualified for the CWG in the 49kg weight category on the basis of her Commonwealth rankings. However, to maximise India’s chances of winning more golds at the CWG, it is expected that Chanu will compete in the new 55kg weight division.

Bindyarani lifted 196kg (85kg+111kg) in the women’s 59kg competition to win the yellow metal in the five lifter-field. The Singapore Weightlifting International is a qualifying event for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The top eight lifters in each weight category in the ongoing tournament will directly qualify for the 2022 CWG.

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Published Date: February 25, 2022 4:38 PM IST