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Mirabai Chanu Wins Bronze At Asian Championships, Makes World Record

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Mirabai Chanu crosses 200 kgs mark in Clean and Jerk in an international competition. This new record is her new personal best.

The Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Mirabai Chanu made a new global record of breaching 200 kgs in Clean and Jerk. Mirabai lifted a total of 205 kg (Snatch: 86 kg + Clean and Jerk: 119 kg), crossing the 200-mark for the first time and creating a new personal best.

Mirabai Chanu Creates New World Record

This record is the first time that the Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Mirabai Chanu crossed the 200kg-mark in an international competition.

Many weightlifters came forward and congratulated Mirabai Chanu on Twitter for her record-breaking success. Deepak Lather who is an Indian weightlifter and Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist shared a video of the Television screen while he was watching Chanu make the record of 200 kgs in Clean and Jerk.

Weightlifter and Arjuna Awardee Sathish Sivalingam also congratulated Chanu on Twitter. Sivalingam is a Commonwealth Games Gold medallist of 2014 and 2018.

Indian weightlifting federation President Sahdev Yadav confirmed that Chanu has now sealed the berth for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, based on her current world rankings. For the last four years, Mirabai Chanu has been preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, now scheduled to be held in Summer 2021. Mirabai is currently ranked 8th in the International Weightlifting Federation ranking lists.

President Yadav talking about how the current situation is not affecting the athletes in their training programs said, “They are safe and secure, only one athlete per room. They are training as discussed with the coaches and the Sports Authority of India.”

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu hails from Manipur. Chanu won the silver medal in the 48 kg weightlifting category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.  In 2017, Chanu won gold at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, California. This made Chanu the second Indian after Karnam Malleswari to win gold at the World Weightlifting Championship.