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Former world champion, weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu clinched the gold medal in women’s 49kg category to open India’s account at the 6th Qatar International Cup, in Doha on December 20.

Chanu won gold with an effort of 194kg in the Olympic qualifying event. These points are crucial as it will come in handy when the final rankings for Tokyo 2020 cut will be done.

Chanu said that she was happy to end the year with the gold. However, it was a performance way below her personal best of 201kg. Chanu managed to register only one clean lift in both the snatch and clean and jerk categories.

The Manipuri girl lifted 83kg in snatch and 111kg in clean and jerk to finish on top of the podium. In the clean and jerk section, Chanu lifted 111kg in her first attempt but was unable to heave 115kg and 116kg in her final two attempts.

The French duo of Anais Michel (172kg) and Manon Lorentz (165kg) won the silver and bronze medals respectively.

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