New Delhi: Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu returned to India after a exceptional performance at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Monday. The silver medalist underwent a mandatory RT-PCR test at the Delhi airport.
Chanu had opened the medal tally for India by winning a silver medal in the women’s 49kg category at the Tokyo International Forum on Saturday. She lifted a total of 202 kg (87 kg in snatch and 115 kg in clean and jerk) during her four successful attempts at the competition.
Boxer Mary Kom on Sunday had congratulated Chanu for winning a silver medal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. “Congratulations @mirabai_chanu. Emotional and happy to embrace each other. A proud Manipuri and a fighter for India in one frame,” tweeted Mary Kom.
“Prime Minister @narendramodi spoke to the [email protected]_chanu and congratulated her on winning the Silver Medal at @Tokyo2020. He wished her the very best for her future endeavors. #Tokyo2020” tweeted the official handle of PMO India.
Chanu lifted a total of 202 kg (87kg in snatch and 115kg in clean and jerk) during her four successful attempts across the competition. China’s Zhihui Hou bagged gold with a total of 210kg and created a new Olympic Record while Indonesia’s Windy Cantika Aisah grabbed bronze with a total of 194kg.
“It’s really a dream come true for me. I would like to dedicate this medal to my country and would like to thank a billion prayers of all Indians who were with me during this journey. I like to thank my family especially my mother for a lot of sacrifices and believing in me,” said Chanu in a statement posted on her Twitter account.
With this monumental silver medal, Chanu has become the second Indian weightlifter to win an Olympic medal after Karnam Malleswari bagged bronze in the 69kg category at the 2000 Sydney Games when the weightlifting arena was opened to women for the first time.