|Born||8 August 1994|
Nongpok Kakching, Imphal East, Manipur, India
|Height||1.50 m (4 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||49 kg (108 lb)|
|Coached by||Vijay Sharma, Aaron Horschig|
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (born 8 August 1994) is an Indian weightlifter. She won the silver medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Women's 49 kg.Mirabai 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 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by the Government of India in 2018.
Chanu had won the silver medal in the women's 48 kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow; she went on to break the games record en route to the gold medal at the 2018 edition of the event held in Gold Coast. Prior to the 2020 Summer Olympics, her biggest achievement came in 2017, when she won the gold medal at World Weightlifting Championships held in Anaheim, California.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu was born on 8 August 1994 in Nongpok Kakching about 30 Km away from Imphal city, Manipur to a Meitei family. Her family identified her strength when she was just 12. She could easily carry a huge bundle of firewood home when her elder brother found it hard to even pick it up.
Chanu qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women's 48 kg category. However, she failed to finish the event, owing to no successful lifts in any of her three attempts in the clean & jerk section. In 2017, she won the Gold medal in the Women's 48 kg category by lifting a competition record 194 kg in total (85 kg snatch and 109 kg clean & jerk) in the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships held at Anaheim, CA, United States.
Chanu lifted a total of 196 kg, 86 kg in Snatch and 110 kg in Clean and Jerk to win the first gold medal for India in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. En route to the medal, she broke the games record for the weight category; the effort also marked her personal best performance. She missed out on a bronze medal in 49 kg category at 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships with a total lift of 199 kg, her personal best, as her Snatch weight was lower than the third place athlete, both of whom had identical totals.
At the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships, Mirabai lifted a total of 201kgs (87kgs Snatch and 114kgs Clean & Jerk) to finish 4th. This personal best total also created a new national record in the 49kg category. She broke her personal record again four months later when she lifted 203kgs (88kgs in Snatch and 115kg in Clean & Jerk,) in the 49kg category to win the gold medal at the 2020 Senior National Weightlifting Championships.
In April 2021, she won the bronze medal at the 2020 Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent where she lifted 86 kg in snatch and then created the world record by lifting 119 kg in the clean and jerk, for a total of 205 kg. In June 2021, Chanu became the only Indian woman weightlifter to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics by securing second position on the Absolute Rankings for 49kg category.
Chanu won the silver medal in 49 kg division at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo with a total lift of 202 kg, becoming the first Indian weightlifter to win silver at the Olympics and the second Indian weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari to win an Olympic medal. A new Olympic record was registered by Chanu with a successful lift of 115kg in clean and jerk. Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh announced an award of ₹1 crore for her. Indian Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announced an award of ₹2 crore, a promotion and more for her.
|Year||Venue||Weight||Snatch (kg)||Clean & Jerk (kg)||Total||Rank|
|2016||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||48 kg||82||6||―||NM||―|
|2020||Tokyo, Japan||49 kg||84||87||2||110||115||2||202|
|2017||Anaheim, United States||48 kg||83||85||2||103||107||109||1||194|
|2019||Pattaya, Thailand||49 kg||84||87 NR||5||111||114 NR||4||201 NR||4|
|2020||Kolkata, India||49 kg||85||88 NR||111||115 NR||203 NR|
|2020||Tashkent, Uzbekistan||49 kg||86||4||113||117||119 WR||1||205 NR||3|
|2019||Ningbo, China||49 kg||83||86||4||109||113||3||199||4|
|2018||Gold Coast, Australia||48 kg||80||84||86 NR||103||107||110 NR||196 NR|
|2014||Glasgow, Scotland||48 kg||72||75||2||92||95||2||170|
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