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CWG: Record-breaking Mirabai Chanu wins India's 1st gold

06 April 2018

With a 10-kg lead in the snatch, Chanu had the comfort of going for lesser weights in the clean and jerk events, but that meant she would put her feet off the pedal and that's why instead of going for comfort, she made a decision to go all guns blazing. Such was her dominance that she net a record in each of her six lifts in the competition. In a remarkable performance, Chanu clinched a record, pulling off clean lifts in all her three attempts (80 kg, 84 kg, and 86 kg). "Carries the weight of the nation easily and wins by a huge margin.#India opens its Gold medal tally #GCCG2018 #IndiaAtCWG", Wrote a Twitter user.

The 23-year-old's previous best was a total lift of 194kg (snatch 85kg and 109kg in clean and jerk) achieved in the World Championships a few months ago. The ongoing sports event at Gold Coast, Australia saw the Manipuri champion fight for the spot with Marie Hanitra of Mauritius and Dinusha Gomes, who finished the second and third after Mirabhai. Second placed Amanda Braddock managed 76 kgs.

Another successful lift of 107 kg consolidated her position at the top.

"I am my biggest opponent, I strive to always beat my best records to ensure that I keep progressing forward", she was quoted as saying by the Commonwealth Gold Coast official website. She showed early promise when she won gold medals at the South Asian Junior Games and the 2011 International Youth Championships. After being cleared of doping charges, Monika Devi competed in the Women's 69 kg category at the 2010 Commonwealth Games where she won a bronze medal. She was a recipient of the Arjuna Award in 1990 and shared the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award with Leander Paes for the year 1996-1997.

CWG: Record-breaking Mirabai Chanu wins India's 1st gold