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Who is Saikhom Mirabai Chanu?

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu

About Saikhom Mirabai Chanu

Who is Saikhom Mirabai Chanu?

Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu was born on August 8, 1994 in Nongpok Kakching village of Imphal East district in Manipur, she is the youngest of five siblings.
 
Chanu hails from a family of eight members, most of whom are into agricultural work. Since her childhood, she gained her strength by carrying the firewood up and down the hills along with her family members.


Mirabai Chanu in Tokyo Olympics 2021

Mirabai Chanu won a silver in the women's 49kg category at Tokyo International Forum. Chanu lifted a total of 202 kg (87kg in snatch and 115kg in clean and jerk) during her four successful attempts during the competition. She is the second Indian weightlifter to win an Olympic medal after Karnam Malleswari clinched a bronze medal in the 69kg category at the 2000 Sydney Games.
 
The 26-year-old was the first and the only Indian weightlifter to qualify for Tokyo Olympics 2021.
 

Mirabai Chanu achievements

In the past, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu participated in the Rio Olympics in 2016. However, she could not complete the tournament as she failed to manage any successful lifts in the clean and jerk category.
 
She made a world record by lifting 119 kg in the clean and jerk section at the Asian Championships in 2020, where she won a bronze medal.
 
In the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Chanu lifted 170kg to win a silver medal, she then won gold at the 2016 Senior Nationals.
 
She also won a gold medal in the 2017 World Championships and even at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
 

Awards

in 2018, Mirabai Chanu was awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the highest sporting honour in India and with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of the country.

Latest Updates on Saikhom Mirabai Chanu

Paris Olympics 2024: Injuries are mentally challenging - Mirabai Chanu

4 min read Last Updated :Apr 09 2024 | 5:52 PM IST
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Paris 2024: Mirabai returns to competitive action after 6-month layoff

3 min read Last Updated :Mar 31 2024 | 7:48 PM IST
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Paris 2024: Sports Ministry approves Jena and Chanu's training overseas

2 min read Last Updated :Jan 11 2024 | 9:49 PM IST
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Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu set to miss Asian Championships in Feb

2 min read Last Updated :Dec 13 2023 | 10:40 AM IST
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Asian Games Highlights, Day 7: IND thrash PAK in hockey, Squash; medals- 38

8 min read Last Updated :Sep 30 2023 | 11:42 PM IST
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Mirabai eyes elusive Asian Games medal, under pressure to lift 90kg snatch

2 min read Last Updated :Sep 30 2023 | 4:45 AM IST
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Weightlifting: China's Jiang Huihua breaks Mirabai Chanu's world record

1 min read Last Updated :Sep 05 2023 | 11:40 PM IST
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Commonwealth Weightlifting: Indians eye top position in Mirabai's absence

3 min read Last Updated :Jul 11 2023 | 7:44 PM IST
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Mirabai Chanu and Bindyarani Devi's proposal to train in the US approved

1 min read Last Updated :Jun 13 2023 | 11:06 AM IST
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Mirabai Chanu to lead India at Asian Weightlifting Championships 2023

2 min read Last Updated :Apr 28 2023 | 7:11 AM IST
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Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu wins BBC Indian Sportswoman Of The Year award

3 min read Last Updated :Mar 05 2023 | 10:43 PM IST
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Mirabai clinches silver at World Championship despite wrist issue

3 min read Last Updated :Dec 07 2022 | 9:51 AM IST
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Weightlifting at National Games: Mirabai bags 49kg gold, pips Sanjita

3 min read Last Updated :Sep 30 2022 | 6:33 PM IST
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CWG 2022: Beyond shooting, India finds 61 reasons to cheer in Birmingham

6 min read Last Updated :Aug 10 2022 | 8:27 PM IST
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Commonwealth Games 2022 medal tally: India finishes at 4th spot in CWG

5 min read Last Updated :Aug 08 2022 | 9:19 PM IST
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Commonwealth Games: Brands cheer as spotlight turns to non-cricket stars

4 min read Last Updated :Aug 02 2022 | 10:12 PM IST
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PM Modi congratulates Mirabai Chanu, says her success inspires Indians

2 min read Last Updated :Jul 31 2022 | 12:02 AM IST
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Mirabai Chanu wins 49-kg title, bags India's first gold medal in CWG 2022

2 min read Last Updated :Jul 30 2022 | 11:13 PM IST
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CWG 2022 Day-2 Highlights: Chanu clinches gold; Bindyarani gets silver

2 min read Last Updated :Jul 31 2022 | 2:45 AM IST
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Commonwealth Games 2022: Sindhu to Chanu, a look at India's medal hopes

7 min read Last Updated :Jul 29 2022 | 12:50 AM IST
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