It was quite an occasion for Mirabai Chanu as she became the first Indian woman in two decades to win a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championships. Olympic bronze medallist Karnam Malleshwari had won the gold medal twice-in 1994 and 1995.
Chanu lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the women’s 48kg. Thailand’s Sukcharoen Thunya won the silver medal with a total lift of 193, while Segura Ana Iris bagged the brozne with 182kg.
After a disappointing show in the Rio Olympics, Mirabai Chanu is gradually getting back in her track. While winning the gold in USA, she created a new national record. She also won gold at the Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championships in September 2017 to seal a place in 2018 Commonwealth Games.