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Saikhom Mirabai Chanu

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
Personal information
Born (1994-08-08) 8 August 1994 (age 29)
Nongpok Kakching, Imphal East, Manipur, India
Height1.50 m (4 ft 11 in)
Weight49 kg (108 lb)
Event49 kg
Coached byVijay Sharma, Aaron Horschig[1][2]
Medal record
Women's weightlifting
Representing  India
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2020 Tokyo 49 kg
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2017 Anaheim 48 kg
Silver medal – second place 2022 Bogotá 49 kg
Asian Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2020 Tashkent 49 kg
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2022 Birmingham 49 kg
Gold medal – first place 2018 Gold Coast 48 kg
Silver medal – second place 2014 Glasgow 48 kg
Commonwealth Championships
Gold medal – first place 2019 Apia 49 kg
Gold medal – first place 2017 Gold Coast 48 kg
Gold medal – first place 2013 Penang 48 kg
Silver medal – second place 2015 Pune 48 kg

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (born 9 August 1994) is an Indian weightlifter, supported by OGQ. Mirabai Chanu lifted a total of 201 kg, winning the gold medal at the CWG 2022. She won the silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Women's 49 kg category. Mirabai Chanu has won the World Championships and multiple medals at the Commonwealth Games. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for her contributions to the sport. She was awarded the sporting honour Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna by the Government of India in 2018.

Chanu won the silver medal in the women's 48 kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow; she went on to break the games record en route to the gold medal at the 2018 edition of the event held in Gold Coast. Prior to the 2020 Summer Olympics, her biggest achievement came in 2017, when she won the gold medal at World Weightlifting Championships held in Anaheim, California.[3] She was the world record holder in Clean & Jerk in the 49 kg category until a chinese lifter broke the record by 1 kg. In 2022, she joined I-League club NEROCA as its brand ambassador.[4]

Early life and background

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu was born on 8 August 1994 in Nongpok Kakching[5] about 30 km away from Imphal city, Manipur[6] to a Meitei family, a warrior clan of that region.[7] Chanu identified herself as a follower of Sanamahism and she also stated that she is follower of Hinduism as well.[8] Her family identified her strength when she was just 12. She could easily carry a huge bundle of firewood home when her elder brother found it hard to even pick it up.[9]

Mirabai trained at the Sports Academy in Manipur. She hitched rides with truck drivers carrying sand. After winning the Olympic medal, she invited the truck drivers to offer her gratitude and touched their feet as a sign of respect.[10]


The Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Singh Thakur and other ministers and officials felicitating Tokyo Olympics Silver Medalist Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and her coach Vijay Sharma in New Delhi on July 26, 2021.

Chanu's first major breakthrough came at the Glasgow edition of the Commonwealth Games; she won the silver medal in the 48 kg weight category.[11]

2016 Rio Olympics

Chanu qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women's 48 kg category. However, she failed to complete the event, owing to no successful lifts in any of her three attempts in the clean & jerk section.[12]


In 2017, she won the gold medal in the Women's 48 kg category by lifting a competition record 194 kg in total (85 kg snatch and 109 kg clean & jerk) in the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships held at Anaheim, California, United States.[13]

Chanu lifted a total of 196 kg, 86 kg in Snatch, and 110 kg in Clean and Jerk to win the first gold medal for India in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.[14] En route to the medal, she broke the game's record for her weight category; the effort also marked her personal best performance.[15] She missed out on a bronze medal in the 49 kg category at 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships with a total lift of 199 kg, her personal best, as her Snatch weight was lower than the third-place athlete, both of whom had identical totals.

At the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships, Mirabai lifted a total of 201 kg (87 kg Snatch and 114 kg Clean & Jerk) to finish fourth.[16] This personal best total also created a new national record in the 49 kg category. She broke her personal record again four months later when she lifted 203 kg (88 kg in Snatch and 115 kg in Clean & Jerk,) in the 49 kg category to win the gold medal at the 2020 Senior National Weightlifting Championships.[17]

In April 2021, she won the bronze medal at the 2020 Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent where she lifted 86 kg in snatch and then created the world record by lifting 119 kg in the clean and jerk, for a total of 205 kg.[2] In June 2021, Chanu became the only Indian woman weightlifter to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics[18] by securing a second position on the Absolute Rankings for the 49 kg category.[18][19]

2020 Tokyo Olympics

Chanu won the silver medal in 49 kg division at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo with a total lift of 202 kg,[19] becoming the first Indian weightlifter to win silver at the Olympics, the second Indian weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari to win an Olympic medal, and the second Indian woman after P. V. Sindhu to win an Olympic silver. A new Olympic record was registered by Chanu with a successful lift of 115 kg in clean and jerk.[19][20] Her win ensured India its first medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Aftermath of Tokyo Olympic Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh announced an award of 1 crore for her.[21] Indian Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announced an award of ₹2 crores, promotion, and more for her.[22] Domino's Pizza India also offered her free pizza for life.[23][24][25][26]

2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games

Chanu won gold medal in 49 kg category at Commonwealth Games 2022 held at Birmingham, England.[27][28] She lifted a total of 201 kg in snatch and cleaned and jerk.[29]

Major results

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
Olympic Games
2016 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 48 kg 82 82 84 6 103 106 106 NM
2020 Japan Tokyo, Japan 49 kg 84 87 89 2 110 115 117 2 202 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
World Championships
2017 United States Anaheim, United States 48 kg 83 85 85 2 103 107 109 1 194 1st place, gold medalist(s)
2019 Thailand Pattaya, Thailand 49 kg 84 87 NR 89 5 111 114 NR 118 4 201 NR 4
2022 Colombia Bogotá, Colombia 49 kg 84 87 87 5 111 111 113 2 200 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
National Championships
2020 India Kolkata, India 49 kg 85 88 NR 90 1st place, gold medalist(s) 111 115 NR 117 1st place, gold medalist(s) 203 NR 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Asian Championships
2019 China Ningbo, China 49 kg 83 86 86 4 109 113 115 3 199 4
2020 Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan 49 kg 85 85 86 4 113 117 119 WR 1 205 NR 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Commonwealth Games
2014 Scotland Glasgow, Scotland 48 kg 72 75 75 2 92 95 98 2 170 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
2018 Australia Gold Coast, Australia 48 kg 80 84 86 NR 1st place, gold medalist(s) 103 107 110 NR 1st place, gold medalist(s) 196 NR 1st place, gold medalist(s)
2022 England Birmingham, England 49 kg 84 88 NR 90 1st place, gold medalist(s) 109 113 115 1st place, gold medalist(s) 201 1st place, gold medalist(s)


The President of India presenting the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award to Chanu at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.



For winning the silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics -


In popular culture

Mei Iklaba Thamoi (play)

Mei Iklaba Thamoi is a Meitei language Shumang Kumhei play based on the life of Mirabai Chanu, directed by Shougrakpam Hemanta, released on 19 September 2021.[42]

Upcoming film

A biographical Manipuri feature film on Mirabai Chanu was also announced by Seuti Films. The movie will be directed by OC Meira and screenplay by Manaobi MM.[43]

See also


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