Congratulations to Saikhom Mirabai Chanu for adding another feather in her cap and setting a new world record. Mirabai is now the first Indian in over two decades to win a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA, on Thursday (Nov 30).

She is also the second Indian to win a gold medal at the event, legendary Karnam Malleswari being the first. She marked a new National record of 194kg – 85 in the snatch and 109 in clean and jerk in the women’s 48kg category.

Chanu, who works for the Indian Railways, earned India its first medal at the World Championships since 1995.

“I owe a lot to my coach Vijay Sharma for this medal. We have worked really hard for this and hopefully, I will be able to replicate this in Tokyo in 2020,” elated Chanu told India Today after winning the medal.

In September, Chanu clinched gold at the Commonwealth Senior weightlifting championships held in Australia, thus earning a direct entry to next year’s Commonwealth Games.

Olympic bronze medallist Karnam Malleshwari had lifted the top prize in worlds twice – in 1994 and 1995.

Chanu was out this time in full force to lift the weight and to calm the past agony of not being selected at Rio last year. She failed to get an overall total in women’s 48kg after failing to lift the weight in any of her three attempts in clean and jerk section. However, this time she silenced the ghosts of that forgettable outing.

Twitterati has been overjoyed with her brilliant come back and expressed their best wishes to her:

 

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