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“India Is Elated”: PM Modi On Mirabai Chanu’s Silver Olympic Medal Win

Ending India’s 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal, Mirabai Chanu won a silver in women’s 49kg category on Saturday in Tokyo Olympic 2020.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, within minutes of Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu bagging the country’s first medal at the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics, led the nation in celebrating the smashing win.

“Could not have asked for a happier start to @Tokyo2020! India is elated by @mirabai_chanu’s stupendous performance. Congratulations to her for winning the Silver medal in weightlifting. Her success motivates every Indian,” PM Modi tweeted with #Cheer4India #Tokyo2020.

Ending India’s 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal, Mirabai Chanu won a silver in women’s 49kg category on Saturday in Tokyo Olympic 2020.

After realising that she has secured a medal, the weightlifter from Manipur broke down and hugged her coach in jubiliation. She later broke into a dance too to celebrate the historic podium finish.

26-year-old Ms Chanu lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) to better Karnam Malleswari’s bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

China’s Hou Zhihui won the gold with an effort of 210kg (94kg+116kg) , while Aisah Windy Cantika of Indonesia took home the bronze with an effort of 194kg (84kg+110kg).

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