In her first international meet in over a year, India’s Tokyo Olympic medal hope Mirabai Chanu broke the world record in clean and jerk as she went on to win a bronze medal in the 49kg event at the Asian Championships on Saturday.
Mirabai Chanu sets new world record en route to bronze at Asian Championships (SAI Media Photo)
- Mirabai Chanu returned to competitive action with a bronze at Asian Championship
- Mirabai broke the clean and jerk world record in the 49kg event
- Mirabai lifted 86kg in snatch and 119kg in clearn and jerk for a total of 205kg
Former world champion Mirabai Chanu set the right tone in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympics by clinching a bronze medal at the Asian Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She set a new world record in clean and jerk while also bettering her own national record to finish on the podium in a tough field.
Mirabai Chanu lifted 86kg in snatch and a world record of 119kg in clean and jerk for a total of 205kg. She also confirmed her Tokyo Olympic spot as she has now competed in the six mandatory qualifying events.
While the earlier clean and jerk world record was 118kg, Chanu’s personal best total in 49kg was 203kg (88kg+115kg) at the National Championship in February last year.
In her first international competition in more than a year, #TOPSAthlete @mirabai_chanu wins in Women’s 49 Kg weightlifting at the Asian Championships with a new #NationalRecord of 205 kg. Her clean and jerk lift of 119 kg is a new #WorldRecord.
We are proud of you Mira! pic.twitter.com/MKmGPyvRPR
— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) April 17, 2021
The gold medal went to Hou Zhihui of China who created a new world record in snatch and total weight with an effort of 213kg (96g+117kg) while her compatriot Jiang Huihua clinched the silver, lifting 207kg (89kg+118kg) in the gold level Olympic qualifier.
Chanu overcomes shaky start to Asian medal
Chanu was off to a shaky start as she failed to lift 85kg in her first two snatch attempts. The dimunitive Manipuri then lifted 86kg in her final attempt. However, she finished fourth best, behind Zhihui (96kg), Huihua (89kg) and Aisah Windy Cantika (87kg) of Indonesia.
Chanu began her clean and jerk with a 113kg and then lifted 117kg successfully for her personal best. The Indian then bettered her own performance, hoisting 119kg, more than twice here body weight.