Manipur's Mirabai Chanu scripted history and created wave of joy across by winning the first gold for India in 201kg weightlifting, while Bindyarani Devi bagged silver in 55 kg weightlifting at Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, England.
"Lifting 201kg never felt easy but thanks to the love and wishes of billions back home, every challenge is just an attempt away," Mirabai Chanu said soon after the win.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Mirabai on her new feat, and said that every Indian is delighted that she’s won a gold and set a new Commonwealth record at the Birmingham Games.
"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 tweeted on Saturday.
India's new President Droupadi Murmu also congratulated Mirabai Chanu on the historic achievement for India at the Birmingham 2022.
"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.
Celebrating the proud moment, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh congratulated the two girls on their win and contribution to the country. In a series of tweets, Biren said:
"There’s no better feeling than seeing our Tiranga fly high on the world stage. So proud of you@mirabai_chanu Also, thankful to PM@narendramodi Ji for his special care for Mirabai in times of her difficulties. She has brought laurels for the nation with your blessings today."
"Heartiest congratulations to Bindyarani Devi Sorokhaibam for winning the Silver medal in the weightlifting 55 Kg category at #CWG2022 Immensely proud of the profound contributions made by the Manipuri players to our great Nation," CM Biren tweeted on Sunday.
The XXII Commonwealth Games 2022, commonly known as Birmingham 2022, is an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth. It is currently taking place in Birmingham, England, from July 28 to August 8, 2022