Gold Coast: Saikhom Mirabai Chanu had won medals in Commonwealth games and silver medal in the women's 48 kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, and now She won a gold medal in 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold coast in Australia. World Champion Mirabai Chanu delivered a thoroughly professional performance, eclipsing Games and Commonwealth records each time she walked up to the stage in the 48kg class competition. The intensity of her effort was such that even if she was in a league of her own, she ensured that she would improve on her National Records too.
Both in snatch, where she lifted 80kg, 84kg and 86kg in each of her attempts, and in clean and jerk, where she lifted 103kg, 107kg and 110kg, she entered the fray only after the 10 other competitors had completed their lifts. And when Canada’s Amanda Braddock came up with a no-mark in clean and jerk variant, Mirabai Chanu did not bat an eyelid.
Keeping her mind in the present — and not letting it drift back to the Olympic Games in Rio where she had to face a similar predicament — the 23-year-old Mirabai Chanu went about her task with admirable calm. Once she had completed the total lift of 196kg, she broke into a wide smile. She had bottled up her emotion and allowed it surface, basking in it till the National Anthem rent the arena. It completed a good day for India in the weightlifting competition after Gururaja Poojary won silver in the men's 56kg class.