Nothing lower than a gold will do for India’s champion weightlifter, Mirabai Chanu, within the Tokyo Olympics as she seeks to interrupt China’s dominance and aura of invincibility within the sport. “I do not desire a silver within the Olympics, I need gold,” declared the world record-breaking lifter throughout an interview with PTI. She is decided to do higher than conventional powerhouse China and declare the highest spot on the Tokyo Video games. With North Korea withdrawing from the Olympics, it’s more likely to be a two-way race between Chanu and the lifter representing China within the 49kg class.
“I’ve to transcend the Chinese language lifters. They suppose that nobody can carry greater than them however I need to break that. I can combat with them,” Chanu stated.
China at the moment has two lifters who’re forward of Chanu within the Tokyo Video games qualifying rankings however solely one among them can take part as per the principles.
Each have lifted extra weight than the Indian’s private greatest (205kg) with Hou Zhihui setting a brand new world document in snatch and whole weight with an effort of 213kg (96g+117kg) on the ongoing Asian Championships.
Returning to worldwide motion after 16 months, the 2017 world champion lifted 86kg in snatch and a world document 119kg in clear and jerk for a complete of 205kg to pocket the bronze medal on the Asian Championship.
A delighted Chanu revealed that she gained the idea that she might create a world mark on the 2019 World Championship when she had cleaned 118kg, that’s shifting the barbell from the ground to a racked place throughout the shoulders however failing to carry it to a stationary place above her head (jerk).
Jiang Huihua of China had efficiently heaved the identical weight to set the world document then. “I’m very completely happy. We had determined within the final World Championship solely that if we do 118kg-119kg then it is a world document,” she stated.
“I had cleaned 118kg however missed out on the jerk. So, then I gained the boldness that I can carry greater than them,” she added.
We labored on it. “In snatch, I really feel slightly uncomfortable due to my shoulder damage generally. My confidence is a bit low however in clear and jerk I used to be up for the problem,” Chanu stated.
Whereas her 119kg effort fetched her a gold medal in clear and jerk, Chanu faltered twice in snatch as she tried 85kg. A 3rd failed try would have ended her championship.
The 26-year-old is aware of she has to enhance her snatch to compete with China. Zhihui’s 96kg on the continental occasion was a brand new world document, whereas Chanu’s private greatest is 88kg.
“I’ve to enhance snatch to be at par with the Chinese language. The distinction in snatch is extra. I knew I could not cowl that a lot however I had ready for 91kg-92kg (for the Asian Championship) however that did not pan out as anticipated,” she stated.
“My again bought a bit unfastened. I by no means thought I would not have the ability to carry (85kg). However then sir (coach Vijay Sharma) added one kilogram and I used to be solely considering ‘no matter occurs I’ve to carry this’,” she added.
The diminutive Manipuri conceded that this previous 12 months, when the weightlifting schedule went haywire as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, has been a complicated interval stuffed with anxiousness.
“I misplaced out on some confidence due to this one-year break as we did not compete wherever. Doubts crept in, you retain considering ‘what is going to occur, how will I carry out’, it was a complicated time,” Chanu stated.
However there was additionally a silver lining. Chanu, who had been confined to the Nationwide Institute of Sport (NIS) in Patiala for the reason that first lockdown started in March final 12 months, flew to the US to get remedy for her decrease again ache.
Working with Dr. Aaron Horschig, a former weightlifter turned bodily therapist and power and conditioning coach, has immensely benefited her.
“The one good factor was that I went to USA and skilled that helped me so much. It was a change for me, mentally as properly… There I used to be simply made to do workouts of the again and proper shoulder. That has helped me so much, it improved my squat and snatch,” she concluded.