Mirabai Chanu achieves India’s first gold medal at 2022 Commonwealth Games

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Mirabai Chanu won India’s first gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, after completing her first attempt at 109kg in the clean and jerk round. Previously, Chanu had a massive 12kg lead over her closest opponent, lifting 88kg in the snatch round.

The 27-year-old successfully defended her title, taking gold twice in two attempts, after also outdoing all her opponents at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

In Birmingham, however, Chanu stood head and shoulders above her competition as she collected a total of 201kg (88kg + 113kg) to stamp her authority in the competition, achieving a Commonwealth Games record in the process.

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The silver went to Marie Hanitra Roilya Ranaivosoa from Mauritius (172 kg) and bronze to the Canadian Hannah Kaminski (171 kg).

In a remarkable feat, Chanu smashed the Commonwealth (Commonwealth Championships and CWG) and Games record in one fell swoop. She smashed the Olympics record in both clean and jerk and total lift.

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After winning India’s first gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Chanu received wishes from all sides as Indians celebrated the historic moment.

Chanu’s first attempt at grabs was comfortable before lifting 88kg in the second before leaving 90kg for the third and final attempt. She was unable to set a new personal best but still made a mistake with a 12kg lead over Ranaivosoa.

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Chanu comfortably lifted 109 kg on her first attempt, before reaching 113 kg on the second attempt. She didn’t dare to match her world record of 119 kg and went for 115 kg in her last lift, but missed.

With inputs from PTI