Mirabai Chanu Targeting Olympic Gold for India

After success at the Egat Cup (192kg total, gold medal), Indian -49 lifter Mirabai Chanu has said that she is aiming for a 210 kg total in Tokyo, which should give her the gold medal, along with a world record.

In an interview with the Times of India, Mirabai revealed her plans to add more than 10 kg to her best total in time for the Olympic Games.

Mirabai won gold at the 2017 World Championships and 2018 Commonwealth Games but did not compete at the 2018 World Championships due to injury.

If she succeeds in claiming gold in Tokyo, Mirabai will be the first Olympic medallist in weightlifting for India since Karnam Malleswari (-69) took bronze at Sydney 2000. She would be India’s first ever weightlifting gold medalist.

India will have a maximum of two male and two female places in Tokyo due to anti-doping violations.

Mirabai’s next focus will be the Asian Championships in April 2019, which will round off the first qualifying period for the 2020 Olympics.

Mirabai Chanu at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships. Lifting Life / Linda Brothers

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