Making a strong comeback Manipuri weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu bagged a gold medal at the EGAT Cup in Chiang Mai city, Thailand, on Thursday. 24-year-old Chanu lifted 82 kg in snatch and 110 kg in clean and jerk to finish on top of the podium.
After recovering from her injury this is her first international event. Chanu had a lower back injury that kept her out of action for more than half of 2018. She also won the 49 kg category gold with an effort of 192 kg in the silver level Olympic qualifying event, the points from which will come in handy when the final rankings for Tokyo 2020 cut are done.
Chanu on Thursday who made a strong said, ‘After recovering from injury. I am feeling 100 per cent fit but since this is the first one after injury, it is not the best result’.She added, ‘But this is just four kg less than my personal best of 196kg. I am quite satisfied and happy with my performance. I had won World Championships in 2017 with 194kg’.
Japan’s Miyake Hiromi (183 kg) claimed the silver, while the bronze went to Papua New Guinea’s Loa Dika Toua (179 kg). Chanu had missed the World Championships last year, a gold level Olympic qualifier, owing to the injury which had also forced her out of the Asian Games in Jakarta.