Mumbai, July 24, 2021: On the first day of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu provides India a sensational start in the games as she won the silver medal in women's 49kg weightlifting. She lifted a total of 202kg to finish second to China's Hou Zhihoi who won the gold with an Olympic record of 210 kgs.
Mirabai becomes the second Indian to win an Olympic medal in weightlifting after Karnam Malleswari's historic bronze in 1998 and just the fifth individual to win a silver medal. The World No 3 started with successful lifts of 84kg and 87kg in the snatch to make the perfect start to her quest for a podium finish. The 26-year-old though failed in her third snatch attempt of 89 kgs, which denied her to win the gold.
Meanwhile, on Mirabai's historic success, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with the Indian sports and cine stars took to social media and congratulate the young weightlifter -