Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu created history by winning the silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics. He ended a drought of 21 years in the weightlifting event by winning a medal. Earlier, Karnam Malleswari had won bronze for India in weightlifting at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. His statement has come to the fore after Chanu won the silver medal. He praised Chanu, a 26-year-old weightlifter from Manipur.
Karnam Malleswari said Mirabai Chanu had a very bad day in Rio de Janeiro, but she did not give up hope. Don't let that hinder your progress. He worked hard. Improved his technique and today won a silver medal for India. It is a great achievement that a weightlifter has won a medal for India after 21 years. Karnam won a bronze medal in the women's 69kg event. On the other hand, Chanu won the silver medal in the competition of 49 kg.
Karnam said Mirabai's achievement will inspire future lifters. In an interview with the official broadcaster, Karnam said, "I see this as a way for the betterment of weightlifting in India as it will inspire the next generation of lifters. This will promote weightlifting culture in the country, which is facing many problems. Young lifters will feel that if she can do it, they can too. This is a huge impetus for the young lifters and will open a whole new door for the sport.
Kunjarani Devi, the first Indian weightlifter to win a medal at the World Championships, said Mirabai's determination, hard work, and willpower led her to success. Kunjarani, who won silver at the 1989 Manchester World Championships, said, “Chanu is very hardworking, determined and has a strong will. This is evident from his return from the disappointment he met in Rio de Janeiro. I am very proud that a girl from my home state of Manipur and a weightlifter has won the first medal for India in Tokyo Olympics. This is a big achievement for Mirabai.