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India at 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Mirabai Chanu Wins First Medal from India
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India at 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Mirabai Chanu Wins First Medal from India

India was sending the contingent from the last three editions of Olympics. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 2021 have seen a strong contingent of 228 members from India who are participating in 18 sports events. India’s contingent for Tokyo Olympic 2020 has127 participants related to 18 sports. It includes two alternate and one reserve player in women’s and men’s squads of hockey.

Four sailors (Indian) Vishnu Saravanan and Nethra Kumanan (laser class), Varun Thakkar and KC Ganapathy (49er class) were first to reach Tokyo directly from European based training centers.

India Standing in Previous Olympics

In Rio Olympics 2016, 63 men and 54 women athletes participated (total 117 Indian) related to 15 sports. Three Indian Olympic medalists were featured in the roster from London. It includes Saina Nehwal for badminton, Yogeshwar Dutt (freestyle wrestler & four-time Olympian), and Gagan Narang (rifle shooter).

Mirabai Chanu’s Olympic Glory In Tokyo

It was 2016, Mirabai Chanu was a 21-year-old who suffered heartbreak in the Rio Games. It was the day just before her 22nd birthday. She failed to get success in all three attempts of clean and jerk of women’s 48kg category. With a dream to win an Olympic medal, she left and shattered as a completely broken Chanu. Now after five years the Indian women weightlifter turned her agony into pure ecstasy by winning the dreamt Olympics medal for weightlifting.

Mirabai Chanu has become India’s first 2020 Tokyo Olympics medal winner by winning a silver medal in the women’s 49kg category. She is the only second weightlifter from India after Karnam Malleswari who won bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

World record holder Mirabai Chanu produced a highly sensational performance in the Tokyo Olympics. She started her performance with bang lifting of 84kg in the first snatching attempt, and in the next attempt, she lifted 87kg successfully. She went to lift 89kg for her final lift, but she failed to be successful.

Chanu’s Chinese opponent named Hou Zhihu took gold in the event by performing an unrelenting charge to see herself at the top of the podium. She broke the Olympic record by lifting 94kg in snatch and got registered in successful lifts of 116, 114, 109 in three attempts, and the overall total is 210 that became the new Olympic record.

With a smiling face, Chanu kept what she won, happily. She knows very well that the gold medal was out of her grasp. In the second attempt of clean and jerk, Chanu lifted 115kg successfully. In the final attempt, Chanu failed to lift 117kg and finished at 202kg.

Sweet Redemptions by the Weightlifter from Manipur

“After I failed in the Rio Olympics I was completely broken. I had aspirations of winning a medal, but I was not able to do so. So, I kept thinking ‘after working so hard why did I fail”, said Chanu earlier. After disappointing the Rio Games, Chanu roared back to win the gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2017 World Championship.

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