Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu created history to win silver at World Championships
At the 2022 World Weightlifting Championships in Bogota, Colombia, Mirabai Chanu took home the silver medal. She performed 87 kg of snatch and 113 kg of clean and jerk, totaling 200 kg.
Mirabai Chanu, an Olympic silver medalist, defeated China's Hou Zhihua in Colombia for the Tokyo 2020 title, and then went on to win silver at the 2022 World Weightlifting Championships.
Zhihua lifted a total of 198 kg, while Mirabai hoisted 200 kg (87 kg in the snatch and 113 kg in the clean and jerk) (89kg in the snatch and 109 kg in the clean and jerk). The gold medal was won by Jiang Huihua of China, who weighed 206 kg in total (93kg plus 113kg).
A gold medalist at the 2017 World Championships with a lift of 194 kg, Mirabai earned her second medal there this year (85 kg plus 109 kg).
Extremely humbled and grateful for this victory. Small step towards our eventual goal of an Olympic gold.— Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (@mirabai_chanu) December 7, 2022
Gratitude to my Coach Vijay sir, our President IWLF Sahdev Yadav sir, Sports Authority of India, all the stakeholders and well wishers. Will always make you proud pic.twitter.com/eTBsmdTsXR
She tried the clean and jerk twice, failing the first time but succeeding the second time, lifting 111 kg. She was propelled into the medal places as a result right away. At this point, Hou skipped her final effort at the clean and jerk after lifting "just" 109 kg, while Sterckx and Cambei failed in their second and third attempts at the exercise. Mirabai then surpassed Jiang's best in the clean and jerk by lifting 113 kg on her third try. Jiang then failed in her final lift attempt to beat the world record by lifting 120 kg.
Olympic champion Hou appeared to be having difficulty that day as she lifted significantly less than her personal bests of 118 kg in the clean and jerk and 96 kg in the snatch (Mirabai holds the world record in that, at 119kg).
With a lift of 194 kg, Mirabai earned her second medal at a Worlds after winning gold at the 2017 World Championships (85kg plus 109kg). She has come in fourth place in the 2019 competition.