Saikhom Mirabai Chanu hailing from Manipur, won the first Gold Medal for India at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018. She lifted a total weight of 196 kg. She previously won Gold medal in the 48 kg category at 2017 World Weightlifting Championship held in Anaheim United States. Earlier she had won silver medal in the women’s 48 kg weight class at the 2014 CWG at Glasgow. The gold medal at Glasgow was won by another Indian Khumukcham Sanjita.
The Manipuri weightlifter lifted 86 kg in Snatch. She surpassed her personal best of 85 kg and then surpassed her 109 kg clean and jerk record to lift 110kg in the category. Her total lift of 196 kg delivered India’s first gold on the first day of the CWG 2018 in the women’s 48 kg weightlifting category. It came hours after Gururaja won the silver in the 56 kg weight category. She also created a new Commonwealth Games record in the process. Indian Olympic boxer and five times World Amateur Boxing champion Mary Kom also congratulated Mirabai Chanu on her tweet