|Born||8 August 1994|
Nongpok Kakching, Imphal East, Manipur, India
|Height||1.50 m (4 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||49 kg (108 lb)|
|Coached by||Vijay Sharma, Aaron Horschig|
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (born 8 August 1994) is an Indian weightlifter. She won the silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Women's 49 kg category. Mirabai Chanu has won the World Championships and multiple medals at the Commonwealth Games. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for her contributions to the sport. She was awarded the sporting honour Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna by the Government of India in 2018.
Chanu won the silver medal in the women's 48 kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow; she went on to break the games record en route to the gold medal at the 2018 edition of the event held in Gold Coast. Prior to the 2020 Summer Olympics, her biggest achievement came in 2017, when she won the gold medal at World Weightlifting Championships held in Anaheim, California. She is the current world record holder in Clean & Jerk in the 49 kg category.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu was born on 8 August 1994 in Nongpok Kakching about 30 km away from Imphal city, Manipur to a Meitei family. Chanu identified herself as a follower of Sanamahism but also stated she worships Hindu deities as well. Her family identified her strength when she was just 12. She could easily carry a huge bundle of firewood home when her elder brother found it hard to even pick it up.
Mirabai trained at the Sports Academy in Manipur. She hitched rides with truck drivers carrying sand. After winning the Olympic medal, she invited the truck drivers to offer her gratitude and touched their feet as a sign of respect.
Chanu's first major breakthrough came at the Glasgow edition of the Commonwealth Games; she won the silver medal in the 48 kg weight category.
Chanu qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women's 48 kg category. However, she failed to complete the event, owing to no successful lifts in any of her three attempts in the clean & jerk section.
In 2017, she won the gold medal in the Women's 48 kg category by lifting a competition record 194 kg in total (85 kg snatch and 109 kg clean & jerk) in the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships held at Anaheim, California, United States.
Chanu lifted a total of 196 kg, 86 kg in Snatch and 110 kg in Clean and Jerk to win the first gold medal for India in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. En route to the medal, she broke the games record for her weight category; the effort also marked her personal best performance. She missed out on a bronze medal in 49 kg category at 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships with a total lift of 199 kg, her personal best, as her Snatch weight was lower than the third place athlete, both of whom had identical totals.
At the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships, Mirabai lifted a total of 201 kg (87 kg Snatch and 114 kg Clean & Jerk) to finish fourth. This personal best total also created a new national record in the 49 kg category. She broke her personal record again four months later when she lifted 203 kg (88 kg in Snatch and 115 kg in Clean & Jerk,) in the 49 kg category to win the gold medal at the 2020 Senior National Weightlifting Championships.
In April 2021, she won the bronze medal at the 2020 Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent where she lifted 86 kg in snatch and then created the world record by lifting 119 kg in the clean and jerk, for a total of 205 kg. In June 2021, Chanu became the only Indian woman weightlifter to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics by securing second position on the Absolute Rankings for 49 kg category.
Chanu won the silver medal in 49 kg division at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo with a total lift of 202 kg, becoming the first Indian weightlifter to win silver at the Olympics, the second Indian weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari to win an Olympic medal, and the second Indian woman after P. V. Sindhu to win an Olympic silver. A new Olympic record was registered by Chanu with a successful lift of 115 kg in clean and jerk. Her win ensured India its first medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Aftermath of Tokyo Olympic Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh announced an award of ₹1 crore for her. Indian Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announced an award of ₹2 crore, a promotion and more for her.
Chanu won gold medal in 49 kg category at Commonwealth Games 2022 held at Birmingham, England. She lifted a total of 201 kg in snatch and clean and jerk.
|Year||Venue||Weight||Snatch (kg)||Clean & Jerk (kg)||Total||Rank|
|2016||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||48 kg||82||6||―||NM||―|
|2020||Tokyo, Japan||49 kg||84||87||2||110||115||2||202|
|2017||Anaheim, United States||48 kg||83||85||2||103||107||109||1||194|
|2019||Pattaya, Thailand||49 kg||84||87 NR||5||111||114 NR||4||201 NR||4|
|2020||Kolkata, India||49 kg||85||88 NR||111||115 NR||203 NR|
|2019||Ningbo, China||49 kg||83||86||4||109||113||3||199||4|
|2020||Tashkent, Uzbekistan||49 kg||86||4||113||117||119 WR||1||205 NR||3|
|2014||Glasgow, Scotland||48 kg||72||75||2||92||95||2||170|
|2018||Gold Coast, Australia||48 kg||80||84||86 NR||103||107||110 NR||196 NR|
|2022||Birmingham, England||49 kg||84||88 NR||109||113||201|
For winning the silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics -
A Shumang Leela based on the life of Mirabai Chanu, titled as Mei Iklaba Thamoi was released on 19 September 2021. It is directed by Shougrakpam Hemanta. A biographical Manipuri feature film on Mirabai Chanu was also announced by Seuti Films. The movie will be directed by OC Meira and screenplay by Manaobi MM.
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