Tokyo: Mirabai Chanu, hailing from a modest background in Manipur’s Imphal, saw tough times and disastrous lifts in the previous showpiece events. But, with a ‘never-give-up’ winning attitude, the Padma Shri Awardee opened India’s medal count on the first day of the quadrennial event in the 49 kg category. The 26-year-old weightlifter bagged a silver medal after successfully lifting 84Kg & 87Kg but couldn’t better her own best of 88 Kg as she failed in the snatch attempt of lifting 89Kg.
After a disastrous outing in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Mirabai fought depression. She rose up to the World Championship event in 2017 to become a champion. In 2018, she beat her own national record. In 2021, ahead of the Olympics, she set a new world record in the clean and jerk and finally, the 26-year-old weightlifter bagged silver at the prestigious Tokyo Olympics.
Twitterati was filled in jubiliation post Mirabai’s lifting of weights to glory. Here is how the sports fraternity reacted to her historic silver medal at Tokyo Olympics:
— P.T. USHA (@PTUshaOfficial) July 24, 2021
Great start to the Olympics! Congratulations on the silver @mirabai_chanu 👏🏻
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) July 24, 2021
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) July 24, 2021
— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) July 24, 2021
Many many Congratulations to @mirabai_chanu on winning India’s first medal at #Tokyo2020. Such An inspiring performance that will be remembered for a long time to come and will inspire generations. Well done 🙌
— Abhinav A. Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) July 24, 2021
Here is how the political fraternity showed their respects to the flying start by Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu:
Congratulations to #MirabaiChanu for our country’s first medal on the very first day.
India is proud of her daughter. pic.twitter.com/iv70x7s8Od
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 24, 2021
Hearty congratulations to Mirabai Chanu for winning a silver medal in 49 kg weightlifting competition and giving #TeamIndia a fantastic start at the #TokyoOlympics2020. The nation is very proud of her achievement. My best wishes for her future endeavours. #Cheer4India #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/aS2vxJLn8v
— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) July 24, 2021
A sparkling start for India on the very first day of #Olympics. My heartiest congratulations to @Mirabai_Chanu who has brought the first Olympic #Silver medal in weightlifting for India with her impressive performance.#Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/b8CSZVEEbl
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) July 24, 2021
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 24, 2021