Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu gave the country its first medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020. She won the silver medal in the women’s 49 kg category.
The 26-year-old athlete from Manipur, Chanu made her Olympics debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, but she failed to finish in the 48kg category. Chanu failed to lift 104 kg in her first attempt in clean and jerk, and she failed twice in her attempts to pick up 106 kg. In both her second and third attempts, the Indian simply couldn’t lift the weight. As a result, ‘Did Not Finish’ (DNF) was written in front of her name.
But this debacle did not let a young and strong-minded Chanu deviate from her goals for life. She rose from the ashes of her disappointment and achieved unmatched success.
In the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships held at Anaheim in USA, Chanu became a world champion as she won the gold medal in the 48 kg category by lifting 194 kg in total (85 kg snatch and 109 kg clean & jerk).
The harder the struggle….the more glorious the triumph and Mirabai Chanu has proved it! From lifting firewood for her house to lifting a medal for the country….she has shown her Game se Prem!
From lifting firewood for her house to lifting a medal for the country….she has shown her Game se Prem!
Watch RJ Praveen narrate the inspirational story of Mirabai Chanu as 93.5 Red FM celebrates ‘Game Se Prem’. Leading Odia Pragativadi is the print partner of Red FM’s “Game Se Prem’ campaign. As a distinguished print medium, Pragativadi has always promoted sports at all levels.
Watch this space for stories of Indian athletes who have defied all odds and have made it to the biggest sporting event in the world! Their Game Se Prem, really inspires us!