Mumbai: After winning a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on Saturday said it was a dream come true and thanked the entire nation for praying for her victory.
Mirabai Chanu started the medal tally for India by winning a silver medal in the women’s 49kg category at the Tokyo International Forum on Saturday.
“It’s really a dream come true for me. I would like to dedicate this medal to my country and would like to thank a billion prayers of all Indians who were with me during this journey. I like to thank my family especially my mother for a lot of sacrifices and believing in me,” said Chanu in a statement posted on her Twitter account.
“Also special thanks to our government for supporting me, Ministry of Sports, SAI, I0A, Weightlifting Federation of India, Railways, OGQ, sponsors, and my marketing agency IOS for their continuous support in this journey,” she added.
Further in her statement, Chanu said: “I would like to give special thanks to my coach Vijay Sharma sir and support staff for their continuous hard work, motivation, and training. Thank you once again entire weightlifting fraternity and all my countrymen.”
— Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (@mirabai_chanu) July 24, 2021
Chanu lifted a total of 202 kg (87kg in snatch and 115kg in clean and jerk) during her four successful attempts across the competition.