Hello Friends! It Is A Matter Of Happiness For All Of Us That India Has Won A Medal On The Very First Day In The Ongoing Tokyo Olympics In Japan! Weightlifter Saikhom Meerabai Chanu Has Won Silver Medal In Weightlifting.
Let’s Know About The Victory Of Saikhom Mirabai Chanu And Her Super-Inspirational Story In This Article.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu Biography In Brief
|Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
|date of birth
|8 August 1994
|Saikhom Ongbi Tonbi Leima
|Saikhom Rangita, Saikhom Shaya
Awards And Honors Of Mirabai Chanu
|Won 15 Gold Medals, 30 Silver Medals and 19 Kasya Medals
|Silver Medal in the category of 48 kg (Glasgow Commonwealth)
|Gold Medal (12th South Asian Games in Guwahati)
|Gold medal in the category of 48 kg (World Weightlifting Championship)
|Gold medal in the category of 48 kg (Commonwealth Games)
|Silver medal in the category of 50 kg (in Tokyo Olympic Games)
|An amount of 200000 rupees by the Chief Minister of Manipur for the best performance in sports
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu Got Silver Medal (Silver Madal)
Mirabai Was The Only Indian Weightlifter In This Olympics. She Has Won The Women’s 49kg Category. He Got The Silver Medal. In The Same Category, The Gold Medal Went To Chinese Weightlifter Hou Zhihui And An Indonesian Weightlifter Won The Bronze Medal And Finished Third.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu Vs Ho Zhihu
Ho Zhihui And Mirabai Were Said To Have Good Chances Of Winning. Because Hou Zhihui Was Ranked #1 Worldwide, Mirabai Was At Number Four. In April This Year, Both The Weightlifters Had Set World Records At The Asian Championships. Hou Won The Gold Medal With A Total Score Of 213kg. Mirabai Had Also Broken The Existing World Record In The Clean And Jerk Segment With 119kg.
What Is Meant By Snatch And Clean And Jerk Segments?
Let Us Understand A Little About It. Very Interesting To Know. The More You Understand About This Game, The More You Will Be Interested In It.
The Concept Of Weightlifting Is Simple To Hear. There Is A Steel Barbell, With Rubber Weights On Either Side. The Person Who Can Lift The Most Weight Will Be The Winner Of This Game.
But There Can Be Two Ways To Lift The Weight. And These Two Modes Are Two Segments Of The Game:
The First Segment Is The Snatch. The Weight Has To Be Lifted Above The Head From The Ground In A Single Motion. Something Like This. When All The Athletes’ Snatch Segment Is Over, There Is A Short Break.
And Then Comes The Second Segment. This Is Called The Clean And Jerk Segment. It Does Not Have To Lift The Weight In One Go. Instead, The Weight Is Raised To Chest Level In The First Motion And Then In The Next Motion, The Weight Is Raised From The Chest To The Top Of The Head.
Obviously, That Is Being Broken Down Into Two Motions, So It Is Possible For Any Athlete In This Segment To Lift A Heavier Weight Than In The Snatch Segment. In Both The Sections, The Lifter Has To Stand Upright With The Load. Otherwise, They Lose Their Effort.
And How Many Attempts Do They Get? He Gets Three Attempts In Both Sections. The Best Attempt Out Of The Three Counts Towards The Final Score. And They Get Only 1 Minute In Each Attempt. And Then The Scores For The Best Performance In The Snatch And The Best Performance In The Clean And Jerk Are Added Up. And The Total Score Of The Weightlifter Is Calculated.
And The Weightlifter Who Has The Highest Total Score Is Declared The Winner.
For This Sport, Weightlifters Have To Decide In Advance How Much Weight They Will Be Going To Lift In The Attempt.
Mirabai Chanu Performs At Tokyo Olympics
If We Talk About Mirabai’s Performance In This Sport, She Tried To Lift 84 Kg In Her Very First Attempt In The Snatch Segment, She Was Successful In It.
In The Second Attempt, He Tried To Lift The Weight Of 87 Kg. And She Was Successful In It Too. And Then He Tried To Lift 89 Kg In The Third Attempt. But She Failed In This. Since His Best Effort Was 87kg, It Was Considered Final.
In The Clean And Jerk Segment, She Successfully Lifted 110kg In The First Attempt. And Then He Lifted The Weight Of 115 Kg. At The Same Time, In The Third Attempt, He Tried To Lift 117 Kg. But She Could Not Do So. His Best Effort In This Segment Was 115kg. And His Final Score Was 87kg + 115kg. His Total Score Was 202 Kg.
In The Snatch Segment, Gold Medalist Hou Zhihui’s Score Was 94kg. 116 Kg In The Clean And Jerk Segment. Which Landed On A Total Of 210 Kg. All Three Scores Were World Records. So It Was A Great Game.
Going Back, Mirabai Is The Second Indian Athlete To Win A Medal In Weightlifting. Earlier In The Year 2000, When The Olympics Were Held In Sydney, Australia, Women’s Weightlifting Was Introduced.
Here, India’s Karnam Malleswari Won The Bronze Medal In The 69kg Category. And She Became The First Indian Woman To Win An Olympic Medal In The History Of India. Along With This, She Was Also The First Indian To Win In Weightlifting. So Mirabai Is Only The Second Indian To Win A Medal In Weightlifting. She Has Become A New Inspiration For People Across The Country.
After The Victory, He Dedicated His Medal To The Country. And Thanks To All Indians. He Credited The Victory To His Family, Especially His Mother And Coach Vijay Sharma.
Mirabai Chanu Also Thanked Indian Railways As She Is An Athlete Of Indian Railways. Initially, She Joined Indian Railways As Chief Ticket Inspector. In 2018, He Was Promoted To The Rank Of Officer.
Story Of Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
His Story Is So Inspiring, Guys! His Village Nongpok Kakching Is 20 Km From Imphal, The Capital Of Manipur. He Was Born Here On 8 August 1994 In A Low Income Family.
At Home, Food Was Cooked On An Earthen Stove. Since Firewood Is Used To Burn It. Mirabai Chanu Tells In Her Interview That She Used To Lift More Weight Than Her Elder Brothers From A Very Young Age.
He Was Very Interested In Sports Since Childhood. Whenever She Saw Her Cousins Playing Football, She Used To Think That Playing Football Was Fun But The Clothes Were Ruined. So She Wanted To Choose A Sport Where The Clothes Would Not Get Dirty.
Then He Saw Archery. He Thought Of Taking Up Archery As A Sport. Because It’s A Neat And Stylish Game.
So In 2008, When She Was 13 Or 14, She Moved To Imphal With Her Cousin. Mirabai Chanu Wanted To Take Training At The Sports Authority Of India Center There. But At That Time No Archery Training Was Scheduled There.
Then He Saw Some Clips Of Kunjarani Devi There. She Is Also A Famous Weightlifter Of Manipur. Is An Indian Weightlifter. She Has Won Many Medals In International Competitions.
Seeing Her Clip, She Felt Inspired. And She Decided To Train For Weightlifting. There International Coach Anita Chanu Introduced Him To Weightlifting.
The Training Center Was About 22 Km Away From His Village. He Had To Reach There Every Morning At Six O’clock. Not By Car, But By Bus! He Had To Change The Bus Twice. She Used To Go To Training Every Morning And She Kept Practicing. Mirabai Chanu Became Better By Practicing Everyday.
It Is Said That By Regular Practice Even A Fool Becomes A Monk; Rubbing The Rope Repeatedly Also Wears Away The Stone. When Water Is Drawn From The Well, The Rope Repeatedly Rubs On The Stone And Leaves Its Mark On The Stone. Similarly, A Fool, If He Studies Diligently, If He Practices Again And Again And Works Hard, Can Also Become A Sage.
Mirabai Won The Silver Medal In The Commonwealth Games Within Just 6 Years Of Hard Work. The Commonwealth Games In 2014 Were Held In Scotland. There He Won The Silver Medal.
At The 2016 Rio Olympics, He Broke A 12-Year-Old Record In The National Selection Tryout. When She Qualified For The Olympics By Breaking A National Record, She Was Considered The Top Contender To Win A Medal.
Did Not Finish Tag
But A Very Unfortunate Incident Happened In The 2016 Olympics. She Returned Home With A DNF Tag. DNF Stands For Did Not Finish Tag. Because It Didn’t Have A Single Proper Lift In The Clean And Jerk Segment. Meaning, That He Didn’t Lift Properly. So The Judges Declared Him Disqualified Due To Wrong Lifts. And There Was Only 1 Perfect Lift In The Snatch Segment. She Couldn’t Hold Back Her Tears.
Sport Is Not Only A Test Of Your Physical Strength. But It Also Tests Your Attitude And Mental Strength. How Focused Can You Be? How Motivated Can You Keep Yourself? It Was A Very Challenging Time For Him. Coming Back From A Humiliating Loss And Working Hard Again For The Next Olympics.
She Did Not Lose Hope And In 2017 She Won The Gold Medal At The World Championships In America . The Next Year In 2018, The Commonwealth Games Were Held In Australia. There He Not Only Won The Gold Medal In The 48 Kg Category, But Also Broke All The Records .
In 2018, Mirabai Chanu Was Awarded The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Everything Was Going Well. Then Life Took Another Turn. He Has A Lower Back Injury. He Had To Stay Away From This Game For 1 Year.
He Made A Comeback In 2019. And I Have Already Told You About The 2021 Asian Championships. And Then Came The Olympics. Where He Won The Silver Medal.
It Is Such An Inspiring Story That Could Literally Turn Into A Bollywood Film. So Many Ups And Downs. What Do We Learn From This? Whatever Ups And Downs Come Our Way, We Should Have Courage. And Keep Moving Forward.
Hope Such Inspirational Stories Will Inspire You To Keep Moving Forward In Your Life. And The Dreams You Want To Achieve, I Hope You Can Achieve Them. I Hope You Liked The Article Guys. Thanks A Lot!