KOLKATA: Former World champion and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Saikhom Mirabai Chanu broke her own national record on Tuesday in the National Weightlifting Championships.
If one name is popping up in Indian weightlifting over the last couple of years, it is that of Mirabai Chanu.
By lifting a total of 203kg to win the 49kg gold Mirabai Chanu Feb. 4 bettered her own national record.
Happy on beginning 2020 by making new national record of 203 kg
and winning gold at National Weightlifting Championship in Kolkata. pic.twitter.com/9Ita6g11yq— Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (@mirabai_chanu) February 5, 2020
Indian weightlifter Chanu achieved her previous record of 201 at the World Championships in Thailand last year.
The 25-year old Railways representative first hauled 88 kg in snatch, going past the previous mark by 1 kg before again going on to break the 115kg-barrier in clean-and-jerk. That added up for a record total of 203 kg in the event.
On a global perspective, a weight of 203 kg would have been enough to win a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics (gold-medalist Sopita Tanasan had lifted exactly 200 kgs in the 48 kg category).
Earlier, India’s best bet in weightlifting, Chanu sealed the eighth spot in the Olympic qualifiers ranking list and now looking to seal a berth for the Tokyo Games in 2020.