Olympics Update: Mirabai Chanu won a silver medal in the 49kg Division


Posted on 24 July 2021


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Mirabai Chanu won a silver medal in the 49kg division, ending India's 21-year search for an Olympic weightlifting medal, to open the country's account here on Saturday. Hou Zhihui of China won gold with a 210kg (94kg+116kg) effort, while Aisah Windy Cantika of Indonesia grabbed bronze with a 194kg (84kg+110kg) performance. Chanu tried 84kg in her first grab attempt, despite her frailty in the lead-up to the main event. The Manipuri took her time and lifted the barbell with ease. In her next effort, she lifted 87kg before increasing the weight to 89kg, which was one kilo more than her personal best of 88kg set at the national championship last year. She was unable to surpass her personal best and finished second in the snatch event with 87kg, just behind leader Zhihui, who set a new Olympic record with a 94kg effort.


Key Points


  • Mirabai Chanu won a silver medal in the 49kg division, ending India's 21-year search for an Olympic weightlifting medal, to open the country's account here on Saturday.

  • Hou Zhihui of China won gold with a 210kg (94kg+116kg) effort, while Aisah Windy Cantika of Indonesia grabbed bronze with a 194kg (84kg+110kg) performance. 


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