Star weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won gold in a Commonwealth Games (CWG) qualifying event in Singapore. Thus Tokyo Olympic silver medallist has been selected to compete in her new weight category – 55 kg in the Birmingham games later this year.
The 27-year-old lifter from Manipur bagged the top spot by lifting a total of 191kg.
She secured a silver medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021 in the women’s 49kg category and now she has moved up a weight division and is participating in 55kg.
“Happy to have qualified for the CWG 2022. My participation would not have been possible without the prompt response of @IndiaSports & @meaMADAD in facilitating the Vaccinated Travel Lane Pass for me and my team, without which we couldn’t have travelled to Singapore for the event,” Mirabai tweeted.
Having secured the quota, Mirabai is looking forward to winning gold in CWG as it gives her good preparation for the Asian Games which are expected to be tougher.
The weightlifter was overjoyed with the qualification and said: “Seven months of intense training and my never-ending love for the sport continues to pay off. I would like to extend my thanks to our Ministry of Youth and Affairs, Weightlifting Federation of India, SAI and all the other stakeholders who have helped me reach here. I am determined to work harder and do everything I can to grab the gold medal again for my country in the CWG.”
The qualification event allows the top eight lifters in each category to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham out of which Chanu has assured a spot not only in the 49kg category but also in the 55kg category for India.