Just as she did in Gold Coast 2018, Mirabai Chanu won India’s first gold medal of the 2022 Commonwealth Games by cruising to the title in the women’s 49kg weightlifting final in Birmingham on Saturday.
The Tokyo Olympics silver medallist started as the overwhelming favourite in the event and stamped her class by setting the Games record with a total lift of 201kgs (88kgs snatch and 113kgs clean and jerk, also Games Records).
Champion! 👑 🥇
— The Field (@thefield_in) July 30, 2022
She knew her only competition was against herself. And so #MirabaiChanu set her sights on breaking her own world records. She didn’t get that far, but did manage to set new #CommonwealthGames2022 records and win India’s first gold at #B2022 @thefield_in https://t.co/BeLKvkZfDj
— Shahid Judge (@shahidthejudge) July 30, 2022
Chanu’s 201kgs total was 29kgs higher than silver medal winner Marie Ranaivosoa of Mauritius who lifted 172kgs total (76kgs snatch and 96kgs C&J). Canada’s Hannah Kaminski took bronze with a total lift of 171kgs (74kgs snatch and 97kgs C&J)
Chanu was the final lifter in both the events. In snatch, she lifted 84kgs with her first attempt before setting the games snatch record with an 88kg lift. She…