Commonwealth Games 2022 | Achieving expectations is not easy: IOA commends gold medal winner Mirabai Chanu

Mirabai Chanu defended her Commonwealth gold medal from the 2018 edition with a record total of 201kg (88kg + 113kg) in the women’s 49kg category on Saturday.

Mirabai Chanu poses with her Commonwealth gold medal

Mirabai Chanu poses with her Commonwealth gold medal. (Allowed: AP)


  • India won a total of four medals (all in weightlifting) in day two of the Commonwealth Games
  • Acting IOA President Anil Khanna said he was pleased to see Mirabai Chanu’s efforts bearing fruit.
  • Indian weightlifters Jeremy Lalrinnunga and Popy Hazarika are favorites to finish the podium on Day 3

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) congratulated weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on winning India’s first gold medal on day two of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Mirabai, who won silver at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, defended her Commonwealth gold medal from the 2018 edition with a record 201kg (88kg + 113kg) total in the 49kg category of women’s weightlifting. at the National Exhibition Center on Saturday.

“To be one of the strongest medal prospects and live up to expectations is not easy, but Mirabai Chanu has done it brilliantly and we are delighted to see her and her efforts. Her support system became a reality today,” IOA Acting President Anil Khanna said in a statement.

“Better yet, she challenged herself to try the 90kg weight. Although the results weren’t what she wanted, Chanu’s commitment to push the envelope and raise the bar higher as one of the athletes. India’s best performer was commended by the IOA. We congratulate her and other medal winners, Sanket Sargar, Gururaja Poojary and Bindyarani Devi for their outstanding performances in their respective categories,” Khanna added.

India won a total of four medals, including Mirabai’s gold, in day two. Weightlifters Sanket Sargar (men’s 55kg silver), Gururaja Poojary (men’s 61kg bronze) and Bindyarani Devi (women’s 55kg silver) completed India’s medal tally on Day 2.

Day three is expected to see India add more medals to its roster as more weightlifters, including Jeremy Lalrinnunga (men’s 67kg) and Popy Hazarika (59th) kg female), will participate.

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