Saikhom Mirabai Chanu lifted a new record for India by being the first Indian in two decades to win gold at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA. She lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the women’s 48kg, setting a new national record. This feat was last done by Olympic bronze medallist, Karnam Malleshwari who had won the top prize in world twice - in 1994 and 1995.
IWF WWC 2017 Women's 48kg:🥇 Chanu Mirabai 🇮🇳 | 194
🥈 Thunya Sukcharoen 🇹🇭 | 193
— IWF (@iwfnet) November 30, 2017
Chanu’s feat comes after a disappointing stint at Rio Olympics where she could not get an overall total in women’s 48kg after failing to lift the weight in any of her three attempts in clean & jerk section. Out of 12 lifters who competed at the event, she was the only one not able to complete the event. However, for the Manipuri resident, the Olympics horror is past that memory as she managed to make her country proud again. She currently works for the Indian Railways.The silver at the WWC was won by Thailand’s Sukcharoen Thunya for a total lift of 193 followed by Segura Ana Iris who bagged the brozne with a 182kg lift. A few countries like Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Azerbaijan were missing from the competition due to doping charges.Chanu will next be seen performing in next year’s Commonwealth Games as she has already secured a passage after winning gold at the Commonwealth Senior weightlifting championships held in Australia.