Weightlifter Mirabai gives final touches to Oly Preparation (Ld)

Mumbai, July 15 (IANS) In Kansas City, thousands of miles away from her original Imphal in Manipur, Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu is resuming the Olympic dreams that were shattered in Rio de Janeiro five years ago.

With just a few days to go to Tokyo for the Olympics, Mirabai delivered the final touches to her preparation on Thursday.

Mirabai, who had barely managed to lift 82kg in snatch and donated all attempts in clean and jerk in the 49kg event at the 2016 Olympics, has more experience now. She has shown some good performances in international competitions and has performed excellently in the meantime.

She is ranked No. 2 on the Race to Tokyo list behind China’s Hou Zhuhui, who has the best total of 213 kg (96 snatch, 117 clean & jerk). Mirabai has a season best of 205 kg (86 snatch, 119 clean & jerk).

While those in India are already isolated and getting ready for their Covid tests before leaving on July 17, those training abroad are also continuing with their final preparation. The contingent will have access to the Olympic Village from 18 July.

Athletes traveling to Tokyo from India must undergo a three-day quarantine in accordance with the special rules established by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Indian athletes who are in camps in foreign countries reach directly to Tokyo and therefore do not need quarantine.

A huge contingent of 90 athletes and officials will depart from New Delhi on July 17 for Tokyo.

Mirabai trains in Kansas City in the USA under the famous strength and fitness trainer Dr. Aaron Horschig. She experienced some pain in her lower back after the Asian Championships in April and therefore decided to go to the USA for a rehabilitation and training camp.

The Sports Authority of India on Thursday released some photos and videos of Chanus’ last training session in the United States. The government has sanctioned Rs. 40 lakh for her two-month training camp in the United States.

Chanu, the only Indian weightlifter to qualify for the Olympics, is one of the favorites for a medal in women’s 49kg as she had set a world record by lifting 119kg in sheer and jerk at the Asian Championships in April. She gained 86 kg in the snatch a total of 205 kg, which earned her a bronze medal.

“Since Rio, I have developed a lot. I have worked very hard to be more perfect with my technique, especially when it comes to purity, ”Chanu said during a virtual interaction with the media a few days ago.


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