Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu has started the country’s medal tally at the Tokyo Olympics. Mirabai has won silver medal in 49kg category. Success in Tokyo and making the country proud was behind the fatal failure at the Rio Olympics five years ago. He also became the second Indian to win an Olympic medal in weightlifting. Karnam Malleswari had earlier won a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Games.
didn’t like to be dirty so decided to become an archer
Mirabai Chanu of Manipur is extremely talented and she got right guidance at right time which made her an athlete of international level. However, she turned out to be an archer and she even got close to him but maybe nature allowed something different. “All my brothers and cousins were playing football,” Mirabai said in an interview. But, by the time they reached home after the end of the day’s play, their clothes were very dirty and dirty. I wanted to play a game that was pretty neat. At first I wanted to become an archer because it is a neat and stylish sport.
Decided to become a player from an early age
Mirabai, a 13-year-old girl from a low-income family in Nongpok Kakching village, 20 km from Manipur’s capital Imphal, had decided long ago that she would make a name for herself as a sportsperson. She reached the Sports Authority of India (SAI) center in Khuman Lampak, Imphal in 2008 to get sports facilities and coach.
Weightlifting started without archery training center
After reaching the Sports Authority Center, he could not find the Archer Training Center there. Luckily, she saw the clipping of Kunjara Devi, a veteran weightlifter from Manipur, which inspired her a lot. She arrived at a weightlifting training center a few days later and was lucky to find former international weightlifter and coach Anita Chanu. He persuaded Mirabai to take up the sport of weightlifting.
Two buses were swapped for training
As a young woman, Mirabai faced many difficulties with her schedule between school and training. She would reach the training center every morning at 6 am and take two buses to go home. Mirabai was a very strong girl. At the age of 12, she was able to lift a load of wood bigger than her older brothers. She used to chop wood from nearby hills and later fetch water from nearby lakes by filling milk cans.
Medal winning streak started again
Mirabai, who worked as the Chief Ticket Inspector in the Indian Railways, gradually became a world class lifter due to her hard work and commitment. He started winning national and international medals one after the other. He won a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow by lifting 170 kg. After failing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, she won the gold medal at the 2016 Senior Nationals lifting 186 kg. However, by winning gold medals at the World Championships in 2017 and the Commonwealth Games the following year, she silenced her critics, who had criticized her after the failure of the Rio Games.
Had to change weight class due to injury
In 2018, he suffered a back injury which forced him to switch weight categories. She dropped from her 48kg category to 49kg. He took part in various competitions after returning from injury in February last year. In 2020, his coach Vijay Sharma decided to take Chanu to the US for training and recovery. He decided to put Chanu under the supervision of Dr. Aaron Horshing, a former weightlifter and renowned physiotherapist. He was instrumental in making Chanu strong again in weightlifting. In the end, Chanu has made everyone happy and proud by winning the silver medal in Tokyo.