National Games 2022: Mirabai Chanu won gold in weightlifting despite wrist injury


Olympic medalist Mirabai, participating in her second National Games, won the gold medal.
Mirabai has a left wrist injury, so she did not appear for her third attempt in both the sections.
Meerabai said that during training at NIS Patiala, my left wrist was injured.

Gandhinagar. Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Mirabai Chanu on Friday won the gold medal in the 49 kg category of women’s weightlifting by lifting 191 kg at the 36th National Games in Gandhinagar. Such expectation was being made from him here. Mirabai, who had won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in August, lifted 84 kg in snatch and 107 kg in clean and jerk to lift the title.

Mirabai, competing in her second National Games, revealed that she had an injury to her left wrist, so she did not compete in her third attempt in both the categories. Meerabai said, “Recently during training at NIS Patiala, I injured my left wrist after which I made sure that I do not take too many risks. The world championship is also to be held in December.

Proud moment to represent Manipur: Mirabai
Mirabai said, “It is a proud moment for me to represent Manipur in the National Games and my excitement doubled when I was asked to lead the contingent at the opening ceremony. Usually attending the opening ceremony is very hectic as my events start early the next day but I thought I should challenge myself this time.

Aiming to win her first medal at the Asian Games next year, the Manipur athlete prefers to live in the present and is focused on the World Championships, where she is expected to take on some of Asia’s biggest weightlifters.

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Asian Games medal is not on my mind: Chanu
The 28-year-old weightlifter said, “Yes, I do not have an Asian Games medal and that is something that is on my mind. This will be my first Asian Games after being ruled out of the 2018 season due to a back injury. The level of competition at the Asiad will be great but my focus is right now on the World Championships where I will get a chance to compete against the same lifters.

Sanjita Chanu lifts 187 kg in clean and jerk
Sanjita Chanu won the silver medal by lifting a total of 187 kg (82 kg in snatch, 105 kg in clean and jerk). Odisha’s Sneha Soren won the bronze medal by lifting a total of 169 kg (73 kg in snatch, 96 kg in clean and jerk). In snatch, Mirabai took an early lead by lifting 81 kg in her very first attempt. She lifted 84 kg in her second attempt to take a two kg lead over her fellow Manipur weightlifter Sanjita who could only lift 80 kg and 82 kg in her first two attempts.

Sanjita’s third attempt of 84 kg was given a foul. Mirabai preferred to save her energy and did not appear for the third attempt. In clean and jerk, Sanjita lifted 95 kg in her first attempt and then successfully lifted 100 and 105 kg.

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