Mirabai Chanu has become the toast of India as the weightlifter from Manipur brought glory to the nation by winning gold in the ongoing World Weightlifting Championship in USA. She is the first Indian to win the gold after Karnam Malleswari who made the country proud by striking gold in 1994 and 1995.
Not only did she win the much-awaited gold medal, Chanu lifted a record weight of 194 kg (85 kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk), which would make everyone proud.
It was a close battle for gold with Thailand weightlifter Sukcharoen Thunya lifting 193 kg, helping her win silver while Segura Ana Iris from Colombia finished third with a lift of 182 kg.
This is a remarkable feat for Chanu, considering India had a disastrous outing in the Rio OIympics, where Indian weightlifters were way off the mark. Chanu did not even finish her event in the Olympics, but she turned the tables around with an astonishing feat in the US.
Visibly overwhelmed by the victory, the Indian athlete was in tears, as she stood at the podium along with other two medalists.
Her spectacular victory did not go unnoticed as well-known people from different walks of life congratulated Chanu for her wonderful performance in the US.
Here are some tweets
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu wins #Gold in 2017 IWF Senior Men & Women #weightlifting championships in Anaheim, USA.— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) November 30, 2017
In the 48 kg weight category, her total lift was 194 kg. That's 4 times her bodyweight.
In sports, and in life, 'Will' is everything. Never, EVER give up.#KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/sbs2crloVv
Another Indian women athlete creates history today. India's #MirabaiChanu lifts 194kg at the World Weightlifting Championship.— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) November 30, 2017
She is the second Indian after Karnam Malleswari to win gold.
You Women Never Fail To Make India Proud !!! Salute ?? pic.twitter.com/Nh2Ge7wLLD
India’s first women won Weightlifting Gold Medal in World Championship:Indian Railway player Ms. S. Mirabai Chanu won Gold Medal in the ongoing World Weightlifting Championship 2017 held at Anaheim, USA from 27.11.2017 to 05.12.2017.— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) November 30, 2017
Congratulations to Mirabai Chanu for making India Proud by winning Gold at World Weightlifting Championship. Best Wishes! pic.twitter.com/Yh0OWvAZN9— Harsh Sanghavi (@sanghaviharsh) November 30, 2017
Heartiest congratulations to #MirabaiChanu on winning the Gold medal in the women’s 48kg, World Weightlifting Championship, Anaheim, USA. She is the First Indian in over two decades to win a Gold in this Championship. Nation's proud! pic.twitter.com/FLZiLHy7tv— Mahila Congress (@MahilaCongress) November 30, 2017
Congratulations Mirabai Chanu for winning a gold medal in the World Weightlifting Championship. India is so proud of you. And congratulations Manipur for giving the country such a wonderful series of champion sportswomen! #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 30, 2017
What a fantastic day for #Indian sport! Huge congratulations to Saikhom Mirabai Chanu for winning the #Gold at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championship ???? #Champion #Superstar pic.twitter.com/hOhFKa9Ems— Vinesh Phogat (@Phogat_Vinesh) November 30, 2017