Mirabai Chanu triggered a significant hurdle since the 25-year-old Manipuri raised a total of 201kg (87kg in catch and 114kg in clean & jerk) from the 49kg group to violate her national list of 199kg and at the process end a creditable fourth in the World Weightlifting Championships at Pattaya on Thursday.
The four ft 11 inches tall lifter, winner of this 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games gold, had been within whispering distance of the 200kg mark, raising a total of 199kg (86kg in grab and 113kg in clean & jerk) in the Asian Championships in Ningbo, China this April.
Chanu appeared slightly, handling 191kg (84kg in catch and 107kg in clean & jerk) on the way to gold in the Commonwealth Championships in Apia, Samoa in July, but had always been at the zone’.
On Thursday, she dedicated herself to the job but fell short of the bronze medal winner, North Korean Ri Song Gum–that raised a total of 204kg (89kg+115pound )–by only 3 kgs.
China’s Jiang Huihua establish a world record, raising a total of 212kg (94kg+118pound ) and in the procedure eclipsing the previous mark of 210kg maintained by compatriot Hou Zhihui, that settled for silver with a combined total of 211kg (94kg+117kg).
“We’re content with the performance. Our goal was to split the 200kg barrier, and that’s been achieved.
“The contest here is just one in a set of Olympic qualifiers along with also the last positions and rankings will be clear following the Championships in April 2020.”
Within an eventful afternoon, Chanu, after emptying 87kg in the catch, raised 110 in clean & jerk in her very first effort and then proceeded for 114kg within her moment, which also was successful.
However, another four kgs on the pub inside her third effort was a little too much for its Manipuri. Had Chanu raised 118kg, she’d have won the bronze with a total of 205kg.
It was a trial by fire to its lifter, who needed to instantly change to a high weight class as the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) had rejigged the burden types late last year.
Chanu had won the 2017 World Championships gold in Anaheim, the USA from the 48kg class and going to 49kg place her under additional pressure to not just halt the recurrence of the spine but also lift weights to stay competitive.
The rehab was powerful was evident when she won gold at the EGAT Cup–among those six Olympic qualifying events–in Bangkok in February. “Chanu’s greatest in training was 115kg, and she came today. We’ll now push the pub to 118kg,” said the trainer.