India won its first weightlifting World Championships gold medal since 1995 when Mirabai Chanu defeated the Thai favourite Thunya Sukcharoen in the women’s 48kg on Wednesday.
Vietnam had a one-two finish in the men’s 56kg, and Francisco Mosquera Valencia of Colombia became the first non-Asian winner at 62kg since 2003.
Mirabai Chanu becomes only the second Indian (Karnam Malleswari was first) to win gold at world weightlifting championships. She lifts a new NR of 194kg (85snatch and 109 C&J) in women’s 48kg. pic.twitter.com/84bT56ZS2S-jonathan selvaraj (@jon_selvaraj) November 30, 2017
Congratulations to S. Mirabai Chanu from Railways on winning Gold Medal in the World Weightlifting Championship 2017. The entire Railways family is proud of her achievement.-Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) November 30, 2017
Mirabai had failed to register a total at the Rio Olympics because of nerves and while she said she was also nervous at Anaheim Convention Centre she made three clear clean and jerk lifts for a total of 194kg to deny Sukcharoen, who failed with her last attempt, by one kilogram.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu has lifted a new world record of 194kg - 85kg snatch and 109kg clean-and-jerk - to lift gold at the World Weightlifting Championships, becoming only the second Indian weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari to achieve that feat. pic.twitter.com/Pvq2VI0ZzH-The Logical Indian (@LogicalIndians) November 30, 2017
India’s last World Championships winner was Karnam Malleswari, who in 2000 became the country’s first female Olympic medallist in any sport.
In the 56kg weight class Vietnam’s Thach Kim, who had finished on the podium behind the North Korean Om Yun-chol in the past three World Championships, lifted 279kg to beat compatriot Tran Le Quoc and Thailand’s Witoon Mingmoon.
Mosquera Valencia, a silver medallist in 2015, made up a six kilogram deficit in the snatch to win the 62kg with a total of 300kg from Japan’s Yoichi Itokazu and Georgia’s Shota Mishvelidze.
Mirabai Chanu wins gold at World Weightlifting Championships, makes country proudhttps://t.co/UPSb7xoFJl-Anant Goenka (@anantgoenka) November 30, 2017
North Korea did not enter this year, while nine other leading nations are banned for doping offences.