Tokyo Olympic Games silver medalist Mirabai, who once held a world record in this weight category, lifted a total of 201 kg to win the gold medal with a Games record at Hall No. 3 at the National Exhibition Centre.
The best lifter ever in this weight category, the 27-year-old from Manipur lifted 88kg in the snatch and then added 113kg with a clean and jerk to beat the opposition. Mirabai lifted 201kg for the gold medal, while Mauritius’s Marie Hanitra Roilya Ranaivosoa won the silver with a total of 172kg, Canada’s Hannah Kaminski with a total of 171kg took the bronze.
Four years ago Mirabai had won the gold medal in the Gold Coast while Ranivosoa had finished second. The same sequence happened in Birmingham.
Mirabai’s gold in weightlifting was the third medal for India after Sanket Sargar (55kg) and Gururaja Pujari (61kg) won silver and bronze respectively on the day.
While Mirabai waited for the contestants to move on after lifting 88 kg in the snatch, there was a tough fight between the four lifters for the second and third places.
Ranaivosoa and Kaminski faced stiff challenges from the weak Stella Peter Kingsley of Nigeria and Loa Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea, eventually producing their personal best efforts, claiming silver and bronze with their final attempts.
But Mirabai was ahead of the competition and dominated her first attempt at the snatch lifting 84kg, while the rest of the field could manage to lift the weight in her mid-70s. The star Indian improved it to 88kg in her second attempt but failed in 90kg.
In the clean and jerk, Mirabai waited until all the other lifters had completed their efforts, the best being 97kg lifted by Canadian Kaminski, Mirabai lifting 109kg in her first attempt with ease and gold already It was in his pocket. She lifted 113 kg and lifted 115 kg to set a Games record but was unsuccessful.
After the medal ceremony, Mirabai said, “I am happy with my performance here. It is always good to win a gold medal with a record. I had hoped to win a gold medal and managed to do so.”
She said that she was happy to lift 88kg in snatch and was not disappointed to miss 90kg in snatch and 115kg in clean and jerk.
“After the Tokyo Olympic Games I worked on improving my performance in the snatch and I am happy to do well here. I will continue to do well in the next few months as I aim to do well at the World Championships in December years,” said Mirabai, who lifted more than double her weight in both the snatch and clean and jerk.
Asked how she is going to celebrate her victory, Mirabai, who dedicated the gold medal to inspire her coaches and family members, said the celebrations will have to wait till they reach India. Mirabai proved once again, “I still have to prepare for the World Championships, so I can’t move forward.” ,
Disclaimer: This story is auto-aggregated by a computer program and is not created or edited by FreshersLIVE.Publisher : IANS-media