Mirabai Chanu wins Gold  at EGAT Cup
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Mirabai Chanu wins Gold at EGAT Cup

February 8, 2019

Thailand: Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu won a gold medal at the EGAT Cup in Thailand yesterday, her first after recovering from a lower back injury that kept her out of action for major events in 2018.

Thanks to a 192 kg effort in the 49kg category, Chanu clinched gold in the Olympic qualifying event. The points from the events will count in the final rankings for the Tokyo 2020.

“This is my first international event after recovering from injury. I am feeling 100 per cent fit but since this is first one after injury, it is not the best result,” Chanu said. “But this is just 4 kg less than my personal best of 196kg. I am quite satisfied and happy with my performance. I had won World Championships in 2017 with 194kg,” she added.

The 24-year-old Manipuri lifted 82kg in snatch and 110kg in clean and jerk to finish on top of the podium after recovering from the injury, which required extensive physiotherapy and kept her out of action for nine months.

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