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Commonwealth Games 2022: Nation celebrates Mirabai Chanu

Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Mirabai Chanu won India's first gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the women's 49 kg weightlifting event on Saturday.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 1 Aug 2022, 1:20 pm

(PHOTO: Twitter)
(PHOTO: Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on winning Gold medal at Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, "The exceptional @mirabai_chanu makes India proud once again! Every Indian is delighted that she's won a Gold and set a new Commonwealth record at the Birmingham Games. Her success inspires several Indians, especially budding athletes."

PM Modi also lauded Mirabai Chanu’s feat in his Mann ki Baat speech on Sunday.

Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Mirabai Chanu won India's first gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the women's 49 kg weightlifting event on Saturday.

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It was Chanu's third successive medal at the Commonwealth Games. She finished with silver at Glasgow 2014 and won gold at Gold Coast 2018. This was India's third medal in Birmingham after Sanket Sargar's silver and Gururaja Poojary's bronze in the men's 55kg and 61kg respectively.

Newly-elected President Droupadi Murmu also extended her wishes to Mirabai Chanu for her gold medal win.

 “Mirabai Chanu scripts history by winning weightlifting gold medal, setting a new record in #CommonwealthGames. Her first gold medal for India in the ongoing Games has created a wave of joy & celebration across the country. Well done, Mirabai! India is proud of you & your medals,” the President tweeted.

Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur also extended his congratulations to the weightlifter for her achievement.

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Meanwhile, Bindyarani Devi Sorokhaibam had been hailed by many as ‘Mirabai 2.0’. Lifting weights literally and metaphorically off her shoulders, the 23-year-old displayed calmness and confidence on her way to wearing silver by lifting a total of 202kg (86 kg in snatch, a Games record of 116kg in clean and jerk) in the Women’s 55kg Weightlifting final. Her personal best total and only one less than the gold winner, Adijat Adenike Olarinoye of Nigeria.

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has also hailed Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and Bindyarani Devi Sorokhaibam for their exceptional performance at the Commonwealth Games.

He congratulated PM Narendra Modi for taking special care for Mirabai in times of her difficulties and said, ‘There is no greater feeling than seeing our Tiranga fly high on the world stage.’

Manipur Governor La Ganesan on Sunday expressed happiness to learn that Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and Bindyarani Sorokhaibam have won Gold and Silver Medals in the Commonwealth Games at Birmingham in Weightlifting category, opening the first medal account of this Country.

Mirabai and Bindyarani have made India proud in general and Manipur in particular by these achievements, stated a release issued by Governor’s Secretariat, Raj Bhawan, Imphal. This will, indeed, act as an inspiration for their colleagues and juniors, it stated. Governor conveys his best wishes to keep up the good work and earn many more medals in their future career, it added.

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First published:31 Jul 2022, 4:36 pm

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Mirabai ChanuBindyarani Devi SorokhaibamCommonwealth Games 2022CWG 2022Birmingham

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