‘Mera Bai Chanu has made India proud once again!’ PM Modi appreciated the gold medal.

Mirabai Chanu on Saturday won India’s first gold medal of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the women’s 49kg weightlifting event.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the star weightlifter on social media.

“Extraordinary Meera Bai Chanu has made India proud once again! Every Indian is happy that she has won a gold medal and set a new Commonwealth record at the Birmingham Games. Her success has inspired many Indians. What, especially budding athletes,” tweeted PM Modi.

Mirabai, who was the absolute favorite to win her division, lived up to the billing with a total lift of 201kg (snatch – 88kg; clean and jerk – 113kg). With her mark, she broke the Commonwealth Games record in the category.

The previous Games record, in fact, was held by Chanu courtesy of a 191kg lift that earned him a gold medal in the 48kg at Gold Coast 2018. It was Chanu’s third medal in a row at the Commonwealth Games. He won silver at Glasgow 2014 and gold at Gold Coast 2018.

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The Manipuri ace began her CWG title defense with an effort of 84kg, a new Games record in Snatch, and extended it to 88kg with her second attempt to match her personal best. His third attempt, a crack at 90 kg, however, failed. The second best lifter after Chanu in the Snitch was Mauritius’ Ruilea Ranaivuswa, who had a best effort of 76 kg.

In the clean and jerk, Mirabai lifted 109 kg in her first attempt to break both the Games and Commonwealth records and bagged the gold medal. A lift of 113kg on his second attempt extended his winning margin.

Roilya Ranaivosoa won silver with 172kg (76kg + 96kg) while Canada’s Hannah Kaminski took bronze with 171kg (74kg + 97kg).

He also won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

This is India’s third medal in Birmingham after Sanket Sargar’s silver and Gururaja Pujari’s bronze in men’s 55kg and 61kg respectively.

(with input from agencies)

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