Missing her sister’s wedding didn’t go in vain

Gold has made lacking sister’s wedding ceremony value it: Chanu

IMAGE:  Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu makes an attempt a boost on her strategy to win the gold medal in girls’s 48kg class on the Global Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim. : IWF/PTI

The primary Indian weightlifter in over twenty years to assert a Global Championship gold, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu says the triumph didn’t simply reduce the ache of her Olympic failure but additionally ensured that lacking her elder sister’s wedding ceremony was once now not for not anything.


Chanu was the second one Indian after Karnam Malleswari when she bagged the yellow steel on the marquee tournament in Anaheim, USA.

“I neglected my elder sister’s wedding ceremony that happened a couple of days in the past in India. However I’m glad that the sacrifice that I made has paid off as I received a gold medal,” she mentioned.

“Once I spoke to my mom after successful the medal, she began crying as she is aware of what all I’ve been thru en-route to this fulfillment. She was once glad that lacking my sister’s wedding ceremony has now not long gone in useless,” mentioned an emotion Chanu.

Throughout the medal rite, Chanu broke into tears whilst seeing the tricolour from the rostrum.

Mirabai Chanu

IMAGE:  Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu. : IWF/PTI

“I used to be certain of successful a medal however by no means idea that I might finally end up completing with a gold. So once I noticed the flag after dressed in the gold medal round my neck, I simply may now not prevent my tears. I were given very very emotional,” the Manipuri mentioned.

“I’ve been coaching onerous in Patiala, now not long gone house for a very long time. However lately all of it appear value,” she added.

The 23-year-old from Imphal lifted 85kg in grasp and 109kg in blank and jerk to overall an outstanding 194kg within the girls’s 48kg to pick out up an extraordinary honour for India. She additionally created a brand new nationwide document of 194kg.

Olympic bronze medallist Malleshwari had received the highest prize within the Global Championships two times — in 1994 and 1995.

Kunjarani Devi had additionally received a number of medals – most commonly silver however by no means a gold — within the Global Championships between 1989 to 1999.

“I sought after to emulate Malleshwari ma’am. I at all times had this idea in the back of my thoughts that India has now not received a gold in over twenty years and I actually sought after to succeed in it however if truth be told successful it is sort of a dream come true,” mentioned Chanu.

With this fulfillment, she exorcised the ghosts of her forgettable time out on the Rio Olympics closing 12 months and Chanu mentioned she labored extraordinarily onerous to minimise her errors within the closing 365 days.

“At Rio, I gave an overly dangerous efficiency, particularly in blank and jerk class. I assessed my errors that I dedicated on the Olympics and labored very onerous to strengthen on the ones.

“This medal has lessened my ache of now not doing neatly in Rio. I’m nonetheless unhappy about that however the gold has for sure lowered that agony,” she mentioned.

Chanu gave credit score to her nationwide trainer Vijay Sharma for her luck.

“I owe so much to my trainer Vijay sir for this medal. I educated very very onerous beneath his steerage. He labored similarly onerous with me and educated me really well. That confirmed within the consequence lately. At the side of Vijay sir, the Federation additionally supplied me a large number of lend a hand.”

The youngest of the six brothers and sisters, Chanu mentioned she would paintings even more difficult in order that she will be able to win medals at subsequent 12 months’s Commonwealth and Asian Video games, after which on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I can paintings more difficult and can glance to strengthen upon the gray spaces in my recreation. I can now not make the similar errors once more. I can surely strengthen and make certain that I win medals at long term tournaments.”

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