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Mirabai Chanu wins gold in women’s 49 kg weightlifting at the CWG 2022

Mirabai Chanu, who was one of India’s best medal hopes at the CWG 2022, won the women’s 49 kg weightlifting event in Birmingham on Saturday. This was India’s first-ever gold medal.

Mirabai Chanu wins gold in women's 49 kg weightlifting at the CWG 2022
Gold medalist Saikhom Mirabai Chanu celebrates during the medal ceremony for Women's Weightlifting 49kg Final on day two of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at NEC Arena in Birmingham on Saturday. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Mirabai broke the Commonwealth and CWG weightlifting records when she lifted 197 kg. She did this while successfully defending her CWG title. Chanu, who won the gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Gold Coast, had a commanding 12-kg lead over her closest competitor after her second throw in the snatch phase.

Chanu was the favorite to win the 49kg gold because she had the best record of all the competitors. Her combined lift of 203 kg in Tokyo got her into the competition. This was 35 kg more than the next best lift, which was 168 kg by Stella Peter Kingsley of Nigeria at the world championships last year.

Mirabai Chanu wins gold in women's 49 kg weightlifting at the CWG 2022
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India now has three medals from the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Earlier in the day, Sanket Sargar won a silver medal in the men’s 55 kg category and P Gururaja won a bronze medal in the men’s 61 kg category.

Gururaja Poojary win bronze Medal CWG 2022

On Day 2 of the Games in Birmingham, Poojary won the medal with a total lift of 269 kg. After Sanket Sargar’s silver medal in the 55 kg weightlifting event, this was India’s second medal of the day and CWG. Sargar lifted 248 kg altogether today.

The 29-year-old won her second medal in a row at the Commonwealth Games with her achievement. He won a silver medal in 2018.

On Saturday, Poojary got the competition underway with a remarkable clean lift of 115 kg, propelling him to the top of the leaderboard. The Indian weightlifter had competition from Canada’s Youri Simard and Papua New Guinea’s Morea Baru close behind her. In his second effort, Poojary made the decision to add three extra kilograms, and he was successful.

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The 29-year-old, attempting to snatch 120 kg for the third time, stumbled and finished the round in fourth place.

With a lift of 144 kg to begin the clean and jerk round, Poojary was in the lead. The 29-year-old increased the stakes and lifted 148 kgs during the second attempt.

Morea Baru took home the silver medal with 273 kg, and Birmingham will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.  

In Birmingham, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won the 49 kg competition with a CWG record total lift of 201 kg, earning Team India’s first gold medal.

Sanket Sagar, an Indian weightlifter, had started India’s medal count with a silver in the 55kg Poojary’s bronze medal in the men’s 61kg weightlifting event handed India their second medal of the CWG 2022 in  Birmingham, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won the 49 kg competition with a CWG record total lift of 201 kg, earning Team India’s first gold medal.

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Sanket Sagar, an Indian weightlifter, had started India’s medal count with a silver in the 55kg division. Gururaja Poojary’s bronze medal in the men’s 61kg weightlifting event handed India their second medal of the CWG 2022.


Disclaimer: The insights expressed in this article are those of the author. This article was not written or edited by Empireweekly.com; it was published on July 31, 2022.

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Soumyajit Dutta is a Cricket News Analyst and Author at Empire Weekly.

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