Weightlifting World Championship: Mirabai Chanu improves his own national record, but misses the medal

PATTAYA (Thailand): Former World Champion Mirabai Chanu improved her own national record, but missed a podium and took part in the women's 49 kg race at the Weightlifting World Championships on Thursday.

25-year-old Mirabai set a personal best in two of the three sections. In the snatch, she raised 87 kg, followed by 114 kg in Clean and Jerk for a total of 201 kg.

Mirabai's previous national record was 199 kg (88 kg + 111 kg) at the Asian weightlifting championship in China in April.

The gold medal went to Jiang Huihua from China, who set a new world record of 212 kg (94 kg + 118 kg). The former record was held by China's Hou Zhihui, who raised 210 kg.

By the way, Zhihui won the silver medal and won 211 kg (94 kg + 117 kg) in the Olympic gold qualification. The North Korean Ri Song Gum took the last podium place with 204 kg (89 kg + 115 kg).

After Mirabai had cleared 87 kg in the crack, she started with 110 kg clean and jerk off and then raised 114 kg.

But in her third attempt, the Manipuri could not lift 118 kg and that cost her a lot of money. Had she been successful, she would have won a bronze medal with a total of 205 kg. She would also have won a silver medal in the cleaning and jerking department.

At World and Continental Championships, the medals are awarded separately for tearing, cleaning and jerking as well as for the entire lift. At the Olympic Games, however, medals are awarded only for the entire lift.

This was the fourth international competition of Mirabai in this category after the International Weightlifting Federation The weight classes were rearranged last year. She was at the start with 48 kg.

Mirabai, who won 48 kg of gold at the 2017 edition in Anaheim, USA, with a total output of 194 kg, returned to action in February following a lower back injury.

She had missed the World Cup last year because of a back injury that had also forced her out of the tournament 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.

Mirabai also won the gold medal of 49 kg in the EGAT Cup, the first of six Olympic qualifying competitions.

The other Indians in the fight, Sneha Soren, finished second in Group D of the women's 55Kg event.

The 18-year-old lifted 173 kg (72 kg + 101 kg) and thus finished second in the eight women field of the simplest group competition.

Sneha finished fifth after lifting 72 kg. She was, however, in the category clean and jerky for her effort of 101 kg in the first place. Your final position will be determined after completion of the Group A procedure.