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Prez Kovind, PM Modi lead country in congratulating Olympic silver medallist Miraba

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Published Jul 24, 2021, 6:27 pm IST
Updated Jul 24, 2021, 6:27 pm IST
The 26-year-old lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) to better Karnam Malleswari's bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics
Chanu Saikhom Mirabai of India competes in the women's 49kg weightlifting event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Saturday. She won the silver medal. (PTI Photo)
 Chanu Saikhom Mirabai of India competes in the women's 49kg weightlifting event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Saturday. She won the silver medal. (PTI Photo)

Tokyo: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the country in congratulating Mirabai Chanu, who on Saturday ended India's 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics by clinching a silver in the 49kg category at the Tokyo Games here.

The 26-year-old lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) to better Karnam Malleswari's bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and open India's account in Tokyo.

 

With this, she exorcised the ghosts of the 2016 Games where she had failed to log a single legitimate lift.

The gold went to China's Hou Zhihui for an effort of 210kg (94kg+116kg) , while Aisah Windy Cantika of Indonesia took home the bronze with an effort of 194kg (84kg+110kg).

President Kovind congratulated Chanu on her historic feat.

Wishing Mirabai on her success, PM Modi said her feat will inspire the future generations.

 

Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and his predecessor Kiren Rijiju too congratulated the weightlifter for bagging a medal for India on the first day of the competitions here.

India's lone Olympic gold medallist and former shooter Abhinav Bindra too took to the social networking platform to wish Mirabai.

Cricket stars including batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman and Gautam Gambhir, also were not left behind as they congratulated the Manipuri lifter for her success.

Olympic medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik and double Commonwealth Games gold medallist lifter Satish Shivalingam too were effusive their praises for Mirabai's feat.

Shivalingam said he got emotional while watching Mirabai creating history in Tokyo.

Star Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia, who will compete in the Tokyo Olympics, said Chanu's silver will boost the morale of the entire Indian contingent.

With Saturday's feat, Chanu became the second Indian women to win a silver medal behind shuttler PV Sindhu.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav also congratulated the Manipuri.

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Location: Japan, Tokyo-to, Tokyo




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