Ace Manipuri weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu bagged a gold medal at the EGAT Cup in Chiang Mai city, Thailand, on Thursday.
She won the 49kg category gold with an effort of 192 kg in the silver level Olympic qualifying event, the points from which will come in handy when the final rankings for Tokyo 2020 cut are done, reports The Assam Tribune.
Chanu on Thursday who made a strong comeback from the lower back injury that kept her out of action for more than half of 2018 said, “This is my first international event after recovering from injury. I am feeling 100 per cent fit but since this is the first one after injury, it is not the best result”.
“But this is just four kg less than my personal best of 196kg. I am quite satisfied and happy with my performance. I had won World Championships in 2017 with 194kg,” she added.
24-year-old Chanu lifted 82kg in snatch and 110kg in clean and jerk to finish on top of the podium after recovering from the injury, which required extensive physiotherapy and kept her out of action for nine months.
Japan’s Miyake Hiromi (183kg) claimed the silver, while the bronze went to Papua New Guinea’s Loa Dika Toua (179kg).
Chanu had missed the World Championships last year, a gold level Olympic qualifier, owing to the injury which had also forced her out of the Asian Games in Jakarta.