Mirabai Chanu wins silver in Weightlifting Women’s 49kg category, India open tally in Tokyo Olympics. Mirabai Chanu created history on Saturday as she became the first Indian weightlifter to win the silver medal when she earned the medal in the women’s 49kg event on Day 1 of the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Also, This is India’s first at the Tokyo Games. Chanu is the second weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari to win an Olympics medal for India.


Chanu lifted 84kg and 87kg successfully but failed to lift 89kg as she was placed in second spot after snatch while China’s Zhihu lifted 94kg to create an Olympic record. New Olympic record was registered by Mirabai Chanu with a successful lift of 115kg in clean.

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China’s Hou Zhihui clinched the gold medal in the event, while the bronze medal was won by Indonesia.

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 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards by the Government of India for the year 2018.

On the other hand,  The duo of Deepika Kumari and Pravin Jadhav lost to Korea in the mixed team quarter-finals. Shuttler B Sai Praneeth crashes out in the first round. India paddlers Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal lose to Chinese Taipei in the first round. Harmanpreet Singh’s brace gives India a win in their first men’s hockey match of Group A. Elavenil Valarivan and Apurvi Chandela failed to produce their best in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle Qualification.

World No. 1 Elavenil Valarivan and world record holder Apurvi Chandela missed out on making the final after finishing 16th and 36th, respectively, in qualification.


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