Chanu Saikhom Mirabai is a name that is on every Indian's lips these days. The weightlifting star has made India proud at the Tokyo Olympics 2020
Let's have glimpse of her life and achievement
Born on 8 August 1994 in Nongpok Kakching, near Imphal, Manipur from early life she was interested in weightlifting as she can handle heavy weight very easily as her brother struggled with the same weight, Her family supported her and her passion
CAREER AS HEAVYWEIGHT LIFTER
Chanu Mirabai's career began with the Glasgow Commonwealth games where she won the silver medal in the 48 kg category. She also qualified for the Rio Olympics but could not finish with any successful lifts.
In 2017 she won the Gold Medal in the women's category weightlifting in World Weightlifting Championships at Anaheim, CA, USA. She created a record by lifting the 194 kg weight in total and 109 kg clean and jerk.
She also won the first gold medal for India in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
In the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships, Mirabai lifted a total of 201kgs but finished 4th.
In 2021, she won the bronze medal at the 2020 Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent
At 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo Chanu won a silver medal with a total lift of 202 kg in the 49 kg section.
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, highest sporting honour of India (2018)
- Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India (2018)
- ₹20 lakh (US$28,000) from the Government of Manipur for the gold medal in the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships.
- ₹10 lakh (US$14,000) from the Government of Manipur for qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
- ₹25 lakh (US$35,000) from the Government of Manipur for participating in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
- For winning the silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics
- ₹50 lakh (US$70,000) from the Government of India.
- ₹1 crore (US$140,000) from the Government of Manipur, and appointment as Additional Superintendent of Police (Sports) in the Manipur State Police.
- ₹2 crore (US$280,000) from the Ministry of Railways (India) and promotion in the Northeast Frontier Railway.