Mumbai: Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur thanked Mirabai Chanu for bringing smiles to the faces of 135 crore Indians as the weightlifter won a silver medal in the women’s 49kg category at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“Let me first congratulate Mirabai Chanu. A big thank you and thank you on behalf of PM Modi and the entire country for bringing a big smile to the faces of 135 crore Indians. The first day, the first medal, a silver medal. You made the country proud,” Anurag Thakur told ANI.”
“We’re so grateful to you and you inspire entire India, our Indian contingent in #TokyoOlympics and I’m sure the way you started on day 1, the other athletes are going to follow this and they are also going to make India proud,” the minister added.
We're so grateful to you & you inspire the entire India, our Indian contingent in #TokyoOlympics and I'm sure the way you started on day 1, the other athletes are going to follow this & they are also going to make India proud: Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur
— ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2021
Chanu lifted a total of 202 kg (87 kg in snatch and 115 kg in clean and jerk) during her four successful attempts in the competition.
China’s Zhihui Hou won the gold medal with a total of 210kg and set a new Olympic record, while Indonesia’s Windi Kentika Aisa won the bronze with a total of 194kg.