CommonWealth Games 2022: Mirabai Chanu wins the first gold for India

Women's empowerment has made the country proud once again. Mirabai Chanu has won the first gold medal for India in the 49kg weightlifting event at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.

Mirabai Chanu, one of the top gold medalists in India has lived up to the expectations of the Indian citizens. Chanu bagged the first gold medal for the country at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 in the women's 49kg weightlifting final. She aggregated a total of 201kg (88kg 113kg) to stamp her authority in the competition and achieve a Commonwealth Games record in the process.

Chanu's third gold medal of the day made a proud moment for the country. Earlier in the day, India won 3 medals in this edition of the Commonwealth Games - a gold, a silver and a bronze. Weightlifter Sanket Mahadev Sargar brought the first medal for India by winning silver in the 55 Kg weight. The 21-year-old lifted a total of 248kg (113kg 135kg) to come second.

The excellent performance of Mirabai Chanu has set a splendour competition and a motivational for everyone in the commonwealth games. In her first attempt, Chanu 105kgs with utmost grace.

Assured of gold, she went on to lift 113kg in her second attempt. She tried 119kg in her third, but could not complete the lift, but it mattered little as she secured her second gold medal in the Commonwealth Games.

Chanu had given great competition to other contestants as she breezed through the event, lifting 29kg more than Mauritius' Roilya Ranaivosoa (76kg + 96kg), who won silver.

Canada's Hannah Kaminsky took home the bronze medal, lifting a total of 171kg (74kg + 97kg).

The records of Mirabai Chanu have been inspiring for most of the Indian sportspersons who have been training to achieve recognition. Chanu has been the most honoured weightlifter in India. Her achievements have been an encouragement for the citizens. She already had a Commonwealth Games silver (2014) and gold (2018) in her kitty before winning the yellow metal again in 2022. She also won a gold medal at the 2017 World Championships and also has several Commonwealth Championships medals and an Asian Championships medal.

The highlight of her career came last year in Tokyo as she became India's first silver medallist in weightlifting at the Olympic Games, bettering the bronze medal won by Karnam Malleswari in Sydney in 2000.

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