New Delhi: Mirabai Chanu created history in the Tokyo Olympics. 26-year-old Chanu won silver in the 49 kg category of weightlifting and the chest of the whole country became wide with pride.
Mirabai Chanu became the hero of the country
Mirabai Chanu was very happy to win her first medal for the country. In an interview given to our partner website WION, he said, ‘I am very happy to win the first medal for my country in these games. When asked what it was like for him to be a Manipuri? Then he said, ‘I do not belong to Manipur only, I belong to the whole’.
After winning the medal, she said, ‘I was fully prepared to give my best, but the 2016 Olympics taught me a lot. I gave my best to win the gold, but I could not win the gold, I tried very hard. When I did the second lift, I knew I was going to win a medal for my country. I am very happy that I won the medal. The whole country was watching me and everyone was expecting, I was a little restless but I was determined to give my best…I have worked very hard for this’.
Mirabai Chanu further said, ‘Everyone congratulated me. It was like a dream when PM Modi called me and congratulated me.
21 year drought in weightlifting ends
India has got a medal in weightlifting after 21 years. Earlier, Karnam Malleswari had won bronze in weightlifting for the country in the Sydney Olympics 2000.
— Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) July 24, 2021
PM Modi congratulated
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has congratulated Mirabai Chanu. He wrote on Twitter, ‘Can’t expect a better start than this. I congratulate him on winning the silver medal in weightlifting. His success will encourage every Indian.
Could not have asked for a happier start to @Tokyo2020! India is elated by @mirabai_chanu‘s stupendous performance. Congratulations to her for winning the Silver medal in weightlifting. Her success motivates every Indian. #Cheer4Indiapic.twitter.com/B6uJtDlaJo
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 24, 2021