Tokyo: Chanu Saikhom Mirabai created history by becoming the first Indian weightlifter to win an Olympic silver medal when she lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) at Tokyo Olympics on Saturday (July 24).
"I am very happy, I have been dreaming of this for the past five years. I am very proud of myself right now. I did try for gold but even silver is a great achievement for me," Chanu told reporters after her career-defining triumph for which she had been training in the US for past few months.
"I am very happy to win the first medal for India at these Games. I don't just belong to Manipur, I belong to the whole country," she added in response to a query on what it meant for her as a Manipuri.
Meanwhile, the gold went to China's Hou Zhihui with an effort of 210kg (94kg+116kg), who created Olympic records in all three categories (snatch, clean and jerk and Total). Aisah Windy Cantika of Indonesia took home the bronze with an effort of 194kg (84kg+110kg).
Chanu attempted 84kg in her first snatch attempt. She lifted 87kg in her next attempt and raised the weight to 89kg, which was 1kg more than her personal best of 88kg that she had lifted at the national championship last year.
However, she was unable to better her personal best and settled for 87kg in the snatch event only behind leader Zhihui, who created a new Olympic record with an effort of 94kg.