'Such an inspiring performance': Wishes pour in as Mirabai Chanu creates history
The 26-year-old lifted a total of 202kg (87kg + 115kg), while the gold went to China's Hou Zhihui wih an effort of 210kg and Aisah Windy Cantika of Indonesia took home the bronze wirh an effort of 194kg.
Ending India's 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal, Mirabai Chanu clinched a silver in the 49kg category to open the country's account on Saturday. The 26-year-old lifted a total of 202kg (87kg + 115kg), while the gold went to China's Hou Zhihui wih an effort of 210kg and Aisah Windy Cantika of Indonesia took home the bronze wirh an effort of 194kg.
Taking to the micro-blogging site, PM Narendra Modi wrote that he could not have asked for a happier start to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and then added that the whole nation is 'elated' by Mirabai Chanu's stupendous performance after which PM Modi congratulated the athlete for winning the Olympics silver medal.
Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind took to his official Twitter handle and congratulated Mirabai Chanu for for starting the medal tally for India in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 by winning silver medal in weightlifting.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah called the win "a proud moment". He said that every Indian is rejoicing this "historic accomplishment".
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also took to Twitter and congratulated Chanu for the historic win.
Union Minister of Sports Anurag Thakur congratulated Chanu for her feat.
Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar spoke about the way she transformed herself after the injury and clinched a "historic silver" for Team India. Check out the post here:
Olympic athelete and retired sharp shooter Abhinav Bindra shared the letter congratulating Chanu for the win. Here's the post: