Medal is for the country and its people, says Mirabai Chanu after winning silver at Tokyo

Manipur’s Mirabai Chanu, who scripted history by winning the silver medal in weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympics, dedicated her medal to the country and the people for their prayers.

“It’s really a dream come true for me. I would like to dedicate this medal to my country and would like to thank the billion prayers of all Indians which were with me during this journey,” said the 26-year-old weightlifter after her medal winning performance in Tokyo on July 24.

“I like to thank my family especially my mother for a lot of sacrifices and believing in me. Also special thanks to our government for supporting me, ministry of sports, SAI, 10A, weightlifting federation of India, railways, OGQ, sponsors and my marketing agency IOS for their continuous support in this journey,” Mirabai Chanu said.

She lifted 87 kg in Snatch and 115 kg in Clean & Jerk. Thus, Mirabai becomes the second Indian to win medal in Olympics in weightlifting after Karnam Malleswari who had won in 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Mirabai Chanu was the lone Indian in the weightlifting competition at the Olympics this year.

She is also thankful to her national coach and support staff.

“I would like to give special thanks to my coach Vijay Sharma sir and support staff for their continuous hard work, motivation and training,” she said in a statement.

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