Mirabai Chanu, an Indian weightlifter, won the country’s first historic silver medal in the women’s 49kg category at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. During her four successful attempts, Chanu lifted a total of 202 kg (87kg in snatch and 115kg in clean and jerk).
“I only focused on giving my best performance,” Indian Olympics silver medalist Mirabai Chanu said in an exclusive interview with Wion. When asked what she wanted to do first after winning the medal, Chanu replied shyly, “I want to go home.”
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“I want to go home to my family and spend time with my mother. I have not gone home for two years. In my aspiration to win an Olympic medal i have stayed away from home for two years, but now that i have achieved it and dreams of my coach has come true, I want to go home,” she said.
Meanwhile, the entire country congratulated her on her magnificent achievement, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wrote: “Couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off Tokyo2020! Mirabai Chanu’s outstanding performance has elated India. Congratulations on winning a silver medal in weightlifting. Every Indian is inspired by her success.”
Chanu is only the second weightlifter to win an Olympic medal, following Karnam Malleswari, who won a bronze medal in the 69kg category at the Sydney Games in 2000.