Afterward, Mary Kom opened her Tokyo 2020 campaign with a round of 32 win in the 51kg category but fellow boxer Manish Kaushik (63kg category) faced an early exit with a loss in the round of 32. India’s disappointment in shooting, however, continued as Manu Bhaker, Yashaswini Deswal and Deepak Kumar, Divyansh Panwar failed to qualify for 10m air pistol in their respective categories.
After suffering a crushing blow at the Rio Olympics, then rising to become the world champion in 2017 before being laid low first by a career-threatening injury, and after that the pandemic to eventually win a silver medal at the Olympics, Mirabai Chanu’s journey from the lowest of lows to the second-highest of highs has been enthralling. “I will celebrate by eating a pizza,” she says. “I can’t go out and party, so this is the least I can do.” Before the podium and the pizza, though, there was insufferable pain. In one form or another, pain has been the ever-smiling lifter’s constant companion throughout this Olympic journey. (READ FULL STORY)
Silver was always there for her taking. Chanu knew she simply had to turn up and do the bare minimum to get on the podium. But there wasn’t a lot of fun in following this plain-vanilla script. So, Vijay Sharma – the gentle giant in the corner of the iron-pumping, Olympic-medal winning Chanu – decided to throw the gauntlet on the eve of the competition. The only way, he was convinced, to enhance whatever theoretical chance Chanu had of winning a gold medal was by forcing a mistake from the Chinese lifter, Hou Zhihui. So, when the entry weights were revealed on Friday, Chanu declared she’d lift 210kg – five more than her personal best, which is also a national record. (READ FULL STORY)
India's Mirabai Chanu on the podium after receiving her silver medal in 49 Kg category of Weightlifting in Tokyo (PTI Photo)
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