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“Every challenge is just an attempt away,” says India’s gold medalist Mirabai Chanu

Mirabai Chanu has won the first gold medal for India at Commonwealth Games 2022.

Chanu lifted a total of 201 kg to win the yellow metal in women’s 49kg weightlifting event, which was India’s third medal of Saturday from the sport after Sanket Sargar (silver) and Gururaja (bronze) delivered earlier in the day.

Chanu, who had won the gold medal at the 2018 CWG in Gold Coast in Australia, was miles ahead of the competition as she picked up 88kg in snatch and 113 kg in clean and jerk.

India has won four medals so far – one gold, two silver and one bronze.

Mirabai jubilant with her win, summed up her effort in a tweet: “Lifting 201kg never felt easy but thanks to the love and wishes of billions back home, every challenge is just an attempt away.”

Videos and pictures of Chanu flooded the social media with heartening messages soon after she achieved her personal best.

Last year, Mirabai became India’s first silver medallist in weightlifting at the Olympic Games, bettering the bronze medal won by Karnam Malleswari in Sydney 2000.

Mirabai who is one of the most decorated weightlifters in India, already had a Commonwealth Games silver (2014) and gold (2018) in her kitty before winning the yellow metal again in 2022.

She also won a gold medal at the 2017 World Championships and also has several Commonwealth Championships medals and an Asian Championships medal.

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