After Saina Nehwal, it was the turn of Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu to earn Chris Hemsworth’s praise. The Australian actor, who plays the titular role in Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor films, hailed the Manipuri girl for her gold medal win at CWG 2022. Mirabai Chanu set a new Games Record in the women’s 49kg category with a total lift of 201kg, two kilos more than she managed at the last World Championships.
Mirabai Chanu made India proud as she took part in a record run to win the country’s first gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The second day of the sporting event was a winner for India as they collected various medals. Mirabai Chanu became the show’s star as She not only won gold but also broke records.
Twitter exploded after her historic win, as many praised the athlete for making India proud again after winning a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the women’s 49kg category. Her roar of victory crossed borders as she caught the attention of Marvel star Chris Hemsworth when a fan compared him to Thor.
Before that, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted about her success. Look at the below tweet:
Meanwhile, when Nooh Dastagir Butt won Pakistan’s first gold medal at the Birmingham Games, one of the congratulators was none other than Indian superstar Mirabai Chanu. As an Olympic medalist, Chanu has catapulted herself to stardom and is an icon not only in India but also for weightlifters in the neighboring country.
“It was a proud moment when she congratulated me and praised my performance,” Butt told the PTI news agency.
The 24-year-old Pakistani broke records in all three sports: 173 snatches, 232 clean, and jerk.
“We look to Mirabai for inspiration. She has shown us that we can also win Olympic medals in South Asian countries.
We were very proud of her when she won the silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics.”
However, Gurdeep Singh won the bronze medal in the same category, and Butt considers the Indian one of his close friends. “We have been very good friends for the last seven or eight years. We have trained together abroad several times. We’re always in touch,” Butt said.
Mirabai Chanu is an Indian weightlifter. She is a world record holder in the women’s 49 kg category and is the current Commonwealth Games champion in this category. Also, she first rose to prominence by winning a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, becoming only the second Indian woman to do so. She followed this up with a gold medal at the 2015 Asian Championships and a silver medal at the 2016 World Championships. Chanu is currently ranked No. 1 in the world in her category and is one of India’s top medal prospects for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. And now, she won the gold medal at CWG 2022.
As we know that Chanu was born on 8 August 1994 in Imphal East district, Manipur, India. She comes from a family of farmers, and her father was a former weightlifter. Additionally, Chanu took up the sport of weightlifting at the age of 18 after being inspired by her cousin, who was a state-level champion.
This amazing woman has had to face many challenges in her life, but she has overcome them all to become one of the best weightlifters in the world. We hope her story inspires you to never give up on your dreams, no matter how difficult they may seem.
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