New Delhi: Mirabai Chanu scripted history on Thursday by becoming the first Indian woman in over two decades to clinch gold at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA.
The 23-year-old ended India’s 22-year-long wait for a World Championship gold by creating a new world record of 194-kg – lifting 85 kg snatch and 109 kg in clean-and-jerk. (READ: President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi hail Mirabai Chanu)
With the win, Chanu also became only the second Indian weightlifter ever to have won the gold medal in the World Championship. It was also India’s first gold in the tournament.
Sydney Olympics bronze medallist Karnam Malleswari is the only other lifter to have achieved that feat. She won the gold in the 1994 and 1995 edition in the 54-kg category.
Here is all you need to know about the champion weightlifter:
- Complete name: Mirabai Chanu Saikhom
- Date of birth: 8th of August 1994 (23 years old)
- Place of birth: Imphal East, Manipur
- Height: 4 feet 11 inches (1.50m)
- Began weightlifting: 2007 at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, Imphal
- Employer: Indian Railways
- Laurels: Gold – World Weightlifting Championship (2017), Gold – South Asian Games (2016), Silver – Commonwealth Games (2014), Gold – International Youth Championship (2011)
- Career Highlights: Holds national record of lifting 194 kg (snatch, clean & jerk) in 48 kg weight class. Second Indian, after Karnam Malleswari, to win a gold in World Weightlifting Championship
After displaying a mediocre performance at the Rio Olympics, Chanu qualified for Commonwealth Games (2018) after winning a gold at the Commonwealth Senior (men and women) weightlifting championships held at Gold Coast, Australia.