Mirabai Chanu Wins Silver Medal at Tokyo Olympics

Monday, July 26, 2021

/ by mansuralisaha

The News Cover: Mirabai Saikhom Chanu is from Manipur, India. 5 years ago she took part in the weightlifting category at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Everyone hoped she would win a medal but sadly she could not secure a medal. Now at the age of 26, Chanu took part in the Tokyo Olympics in Japan. She secures a silver medal for weightlifting. She is the 1st Indian woman to win a silver medal in weightlifting. 

Indians lauded her achievements and we're very proud of her. She became the first Indian weightlifter to win the silver medal in the 49 kg category. Before her Karnam Malleswari, had won a bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in Australia. After her, no weightlifter secured an Olympic victory. Finally, Mirabai Chanu won and has also become the 1st weightlifter to win a silver medal. After winning, Chanu spoke to the media and said, “ I trained hard to train and made many sacrifices. I have not eaten my favorite food, which is pizza, in a long time. I did this to focus on my training and my aim was to win a medal at the Olympics. Now that I achieved my dream and secured a silver medal, I am overjoyed and relieved. Now I will surely go eat a pizza." Immediately after this Pizza company Dominos Tweeted, “Mirabai Chanu, Congratulations on winning making your dream come true. India is very proud of you. 

Whenever you go to a Dominos pizza outlet, we will give you free pizzas for life. Once again, congratulations!" Chanu had been working as a tickets inspector in the Indian Railways. After her win, an overjoyed Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren said, "Congratulations Mirabai! I am elated by your victory. You no longer have to be a ticket-checking inspector in the railways. Once she returns to India, I will give you a suitable job as a token of gratitude." Boxer Mary Kom, table tennis player Manika Batra, Badminton player PV Sindhu, are playing exceptionally well and keeping hopes of further Olympic medals alive. 

India had never qualified for Fencing in the Olympics. Now for the first time, C A Bhavani Devi qualified for the fencing Olympics. Sadly she lost in the match. In the Equestrian category of the Olympics, Indrajit Lamba qualified in 1996 and Imtiaz Anees in 2000. Since then for the last 20 years, no Indian had qualified in Equestrian at the Olympics. Now Fouaad Mirza became the first Indian to qualify for the Olympics.

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