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.”
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. #Cheer4India #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/B6uJtDlaJo
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 24, 2021
— Bhupender Yadav (@byadavbjp) July 24, 2021
Comedian and author Vikram Sathaye thanked her parents for giving India this champion.
Thank you #Manipur and #MirabaiChanu parents for giving us this champion.They identified her talent coz as a child she would carry huge bundle of firewood which her elder brother found hard to pick. This is called talent spotting ! #Tokyo2020 #Cheers4India
— Vikram Sathaye (@vikramsathaye) July 24, 2021
Student activist Aishe Gosh also congratulated the athlete.
Congratulations Mirabai Chanu 👏
Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu gave India its first medal at #Tokyo2020 as she won the silver medal in the women's 49 Kg category.
— Aishe (ঐশী) (@aishe_ghosh) July 24, 2021
Indian cricketer Virendra Sehwag called her victory “Ghazab” and thanked her for making everyone proud. VVS Laxman also hailed her for her stellar performance.
Bhartiya Naari Sab par Bhaari.#MirabaiChanu , remember the name.
Thank you for making us all proud @mirabai_chanu , and winning us a Silver at the Olympics. Many more to come. #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/2KQwMvNuRz
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 24, 2021
— Sunny Deol (@iamsunnydeol) July 24, 2021
Here are some other congratulatory tweets by other dignirtaries.
— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) July 24, 2021
— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) July 24, 2021
What an outstanding opening by #MirabaiChanu! First time ever India's secured a medal on the first day of Tokyo Olympics. A promising start. #Weightlifting#Cheers4India #silver pic.twitter.com/iUQctCFluP
— Pranitha Subhash (@pranitasubhash) July 24, 2021
— Hima (mon jai) (@HimaDas8) July 24, 2021
— Veda Krishnamurthy (@vedakmurthy08) July 24, 2021
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) July 24, 2021
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) July 24, 2021
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.