The recently concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo introduced us to inspiring stories of personal grit, and the spotlight was firmly on India’s female athletes. For the second straight Games, women won big for India.
In a first, we opened our account on Day One with a silver medal, courtesy of Saikhom Mirabai Chanu – who scripted a remarkable redemption from Rio 2016. Five years ago, on her Olympic debut, Mirabai stepped up for her last attempt (a 106 kg clean and jerk lift) with a bronze medal in sight – but couldn’t complete what was a regulation lift for her.
The journey towards mending a broken dream – and heart – began right away. Having established herself as one of the world’s top-five weightlifters in her 49 kg category, Mirabai entered Tokyo 2020 as a genuine medal contender. She didn’t disappoint. With an 87 kg lift in the snatch, and a 115 kg lift in the clean and jerk, she made the silver medal hers.
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