Biography on Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
On Saturday, Mirabai Chanu secures a silver medal in the 49kg weightlifting division and ended India’s 21-year wait for an Olympic weightlifting medal. Today is a day to celebrate. Mirabai Chanu made history on Saturday when she won silver in the women’s 49kg weightlifting event, becoming India’s first medalist in the Tokyo Olympics. Following Karnam Malleswari, Chanu becomes the second Indian female weightlifter to win an Olympic medal.
Saikhom Ongbi Tombi Leima and Saikhom Kriti Meitei, Mirabai Chanu’s mother and father, were overtaken with emotion as they watched their daughter win India’s first Olympic medal on Saturday.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu was born on August 8, 1994, in Nongpok Kakching, Imphal, Manipur, to a Meitei family. When she was just 12 years old, her family noticed her strength. Her older brother struggled to lift a heavy bundle of firewood that she could easily transport to her home. Chanu is the youngest of six siblings, having two brothers and three sisters.
Chanu qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women’s 48 kg event. However, due to a lack of completed lifts, she was unable to complete the event.
She earned the gold medal in the Women’s 48 kg category at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, California, by lifting a total of 194 kg, which was a competition record.
Mirabai Chanu qualified for the 2021 Summer Olympics as the first and only woman Indian weightlifter by ranking second in the 49kg category T and then set a world record by lifting a whopping 119 kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 205 kg, earning her a Bronze medal and a ticket to Tokyo. India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has also congratulated Mirabai on earning a silver medal in this competition.
She received India’s highest civilian sports medal, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, in 2018. In 2018, the Indian government awarded Chanu the Padma Shri. In the coming year of 2019,