Former world champion weightlifter from Manipur, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu clinched gold at the 6th Qatar Cup International Weightlifting Championship in Doha on December 20th, 2019.
Chanu won gold under the women’s 49 kg category at the event, which is a qualifying event for Tokyo 2020. She won gold with an effort of 194kg at the event, which was a performance way below her personal best of 201kg.
The 24-year-old weightlifter, who bagged gold in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, managed to register only one clean lift in both the snatch and clean and jerk categories. She lifted 83kg in snatch and 111kg in clean and jerk to finish on top of the podium.
After winning the medal, Chanu wrote in Twitter: “Happy to end 2019 on a winning note! Won Gold at the 6th Qatar Cup International Weightlifting Championship (qualifying event for Tokyo 2020) in Doha today.”
Congratulatory messages are pouring everywhere for her success. Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Youth Affairs & Sports, also congratulated Chanu on her success in the event.