Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated on Saturday that now the entire nation is proud of weightlifter Mirabai Chanu's performance at the Tokyo Olympics, where she earned a silver medal in the 49kg division. India's 21-year drought for an Olympic weightlifting title came to an end with this victory.
Chanu, 26, lifted a total of 202 kilograms (87 kg and 115 kg ) to surpass Karnam Malleswari's bronze medal performance in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and give India its first medal in Tokyo.
"Could not have asked for a happier start to @Tokyo2020! India is elated by @mirabai_chanu's stupendous performance. Congratulations to her for winning the Silver medal in weightlifting. Her success motivates every Indian. #Cheer4India #Tokyo2020," the prime minister tweeted.
. Hou Zhihui of China won gold with a winning objective of 210kg (94kg and 116kg), while Aisah Windy Cantika of Indonesia claimed bronze with a 194kg effort (84kg and 110kg)
"India's 1st medal on day 1 ! @mirabai_chanu wins SILVER in women's 49kg weightlifting! India is so proud of you Mira !," Thakur wrote on his Twitter handle.
Former sports minister Rijiju said: "India strikes first medal at Olympic #Tokyo2020 Mirabai Chanu wins silver Medal in 49 kg Women's Weightlifting and made India proud Congratulations @mirabai_chanu! #Cheer4India."
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also wished Chanu in a tweet and said, "Congratulations to #MirabaiChanu for our country’s first medal on the very first day. India is proud of her daughter."\
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also took to Twitter to wish the silver medallist and said, "Congratulations to @mirabai_chanu for winning silver medal in weight lifting. This is first medal for India in Tokyo Olympics. Every Indian is proud of you."
"Congratulations #MirabaiChanu on making us proud and bringing us glory. Our first medal at the #TokyoOlympics2020 , a Second-place medal in the Women's 49kg weightlifting . Super Proud," Laxman said.
Gambhir added: 1.3 billion Indians proud of #MirabaiChanu! जय हिंद."
Olympic medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik and double Commonwealth Games gold medallist lifter Satish Shivalingam too were effusive in their praises for Mirabai's feat.
"Mirabai Chanu wins silver Medal in 49 kg Women's Weightlifting and made India proudFlag of India Congratulations @mirabai_chanu! #Cheer4India #Tokyo2020," Sakshi wrote on her Twitter page.
Shivalingam said he got emotional while watching Mirabai creating history in Tokyo.
"History create ho gaya. Itna aasan nahi hota (History has been created. It was not easy), it is a very very big thing. I had tears in my ears. It will be difficult for anyone to emulate this performance," he said.
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