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Twitter Congratulates Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu For Winning Silver Medal at Tokyo Olympics

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Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu has picked up a silver medal for India on July 24, at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She has become the first Indian to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics. She lost to China’s Hou Zhihu, who lifted 94 kgs to secure the gold medal. Chanu, on the other hand, lifted 84 and 87 kg weight successfully, however she failed to lift 89 kgs. Twitter Congratulates Mirabai Chanu

This is Chanu’s second Olympics appearance. Read more about her victory. A lot of politicians, actors and sportspersons took to Twitter to congratulate her

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Could not have asked for a happier start to @Tokyo2020! India is elated by @mirabai_chanu’s stupendous performance. Congratulations to her for winning the Silver medal in weightlifting. Her success motivates every Indian.”

Comedian and author Vikram Sathaye thanked her parents for giving India this champion.

Student activist Aishe Gosh also congratulated the athlete.

Indian cricketer Virendra Sehwag called her victory “Ghazab” and thanked her for making everyone proud. VVS Laxman also hailed her for her stellar performance.

Here are some other congratulatory tweets by other dignirtaries.

 

Who is Mirabai Chanu?

Mirabai Chanu hails from Nongpok Kakching in Imphal. She won a Gold Medal for India at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and a Silver Medal in 2014. The Manipuri weightlifter also won a Gold Medal at the 2017 Anaheim World Championship in the 48kg category. She was also conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2018.

She came into limelight during the trials of Rio Olympics 2016 weightlifting event in Patiala. There, she broke the national record of her inspiration Kunjarana Devi. At the young age of 11, she won her first gold medal. Last year Mirabai added another feather to her cap by becoming the first Indian in over two decades, ending India’s 22-year wait for a World Championship gold. She won a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA. She is also the second Indian to win a gold medal at the event, after Karnam Malleswari.