Mirabai gives first Olympic medal for India

Mirabai Chanu

Mirabai Chanu wrote her name in the annals of the country’s sporting history by becoming the first Indian weightlifter to win an Olympic silver medal.

Chanu is the second Indian woman to win an Olympic medal in weightlifting, since Karnam Malleswari’s bronze in the Sydney Games in 2000.

Mira’s smile on the podium was hidden due to the mask that she was wearing on her face, as part of the Corona protocols, but those who know her and of her journey to this medal, would know how big it would have been.

The Manipuri athlete, now 26, made her Olympics debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, as a young 21-year-old. But the first big global Games of her life turned into a disaster as she failed to finish in the 48kg category.