Nagarota Bagwan (HP): Olympic medalist Mirabai Chanu Won the gold medal comfortably but failed to break his national record in the snatch at the opening Khelo India Women’s Weightlifting League Tournament on Thursday.
The Tokyo Olympics silver medalist lifted a total of 191kg (86kg + 105kg) to top the podium in the women’s ranking event in the senior, junior and youth categories.
Gyaneshwari Yadav 170kg (78kg + 92kg) and former 45kg Asian Weightlifting Championship Gold Medal winner Zilli Dalabehra 166kg (75kg + 91kg) finished second and third respectively.
After a successful lift of 86kg, the 27-year-old Chanu failed to lift 89kg in his second and third snatch attempts.
Her personal best in the national record and division is 88kg, which Chanu lifted during the 2020 National Championships.
Chanu is working on tweaking his snatch technique, which was once considered his weakness. He was approached by a physical therapist and strength and conditioning coach from a former weightlifter in the USA. Aaron is taking Horsig’s advice.
The former world champion, who will run for a third Commonwealth Games medal in next month’s quarterly competition, has been aiming for the 90kg mark for several years.
In the clean and jerk, she lifted 105 kg in her first attempt, which is far from her world-record lift of 119 kg. She did not attempt a second or third lift in the section.
The gulf between Chanu and other Indian lifters in the category was in full display as the second lifter. Gyaneshwari He lifted 21 kg less than Manipuri while the distance for Zilli was 25 kg.
The tournament will help the Weightlifting Federation of India (IWLF) maintain a strong national ranking system while also providing additional competition to the country’s lifters.
In the 49kg youth event, Maharashtra’s Aarti Tatgunti became the champion with a lift of 148kg (65kg + 83kg), while Assam’s Panchami Sonowal finished second with a lift of 143kg (63kg + 80kg). Himanshi from Haryana finished third with a weight of 132 kg (63kg + 69kg).
Gyaneshwari also topped the junior 49kg event with a 170kg (78kg +92kg) lift while 154kg (70kg + 84kg) lifters Sanju Devi and V. Ritika, who lifted 153 kg (67 kg + 86 kg) is in second and third place. Respectively