Mirabai Chanu became the first to secure a gold medal for India at the ongoing CWG in Birmingham. She retains her crown from winning gold in the 48kg category in the 2018 Gold Coast event. Moreover, she won the silver medal in the 2014 CWG in Glasgow. Besides, Chanu also broke the Games record in her run to glory at the 2022 CWG.
Chanu lifted 88kgs in the snatch round, which gave her a 12 kg lead over her nearest opponent. Furthermore, she followed it up with a clean and jerk round tournament record of 113kgs. Eventually, Mirabai Chanu got her CWG gold, finishing 29kgs ahead of silver medalist Marie Ranaivosoa. Soon after, the 27-year-old earned plenty of plaudits for her milestone achievements. Notably, she was also the first Indian to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. Her silver medal display was one of the few bright sparks at the megaevent for India. The golden lady has already set her sights on lifting 90kgs in Snatch. India will surely have high expectations of the record-breaker at the Paris Olympics come 2024.
Chanu’s big admirer Bindyarani Devi also won a medal at the ongoing CWG. She bagged a silver in the women’s 55kg weightlifting category. Besides, her 116kg clean and jerk lift now stands as a record in the history of the Games. Notably, the 23-year-old idolizes Mirabai Chanu from a young age. The duo hail from the same state of Manipur and also share the same training academy. More importantly, the pair also has a similar range of putting on a smile during their displays.
Who are the other Indians shining at the 2022 CWG other than Mirabai Chanu and her gold?
Another weightlifter from India, Jeremy Lalrinnunga, became the second in line to secure a gold medal at the CWG. Furthermore, he has also set the Games record in the Men’s 67 kg category with a combined lift of 300. Unfortunately, the 19-year-old suffered an injury right after successfully attempting a 160kg lift in the Clean and Jerk round.
Achinta Sheuli was the third Indian to bag a gold medal at the Birmingham Games. Competing in the 73 kg category, he lifted a combined weight of 313kg on the run to his prize. Fellow weightlifters Sanket Mahadev Sargar and Gururaja Poojary are the remaining medal winners for the nation as of now. Sargar won a silver in the Men’s 55kg class, while Poojary had to settle for a bronze in the 61kg event.
Last but not the least, India has secured two more historic medals at this year’s Games in Birmingham. The Indian Lawn Bowls Women’s team will now play in the final of the event against South Africa. Regardless of the result in the summit clash, it will mark India’s first medal in the event. Furthermore, in another series of firsts, Indian Judoka Shushila Devi has reached the final in the 48kg category. It confirms the first medal in Judo for India in the history of the Games.