The only Indian weightlifter to qualify for the Tokyo Games, Chanu She will be eager to make up for the disappointing spectacle of the Rio 2016 Olympics, where she failed to register a legal lift in any of her three clean-and-pull attempts and thus failed to get an overall total of 48kg for women.
PTI Take a look at Chanu’s strengths and weaknesses before the Tokyo Games.
Chanu’s return from the sad spectacle of the Rio Games five years ago has been remarkable to say the least.
We finally reached our destination. # Tokyo2020 Games Village. https://t.co/huqjKVnM79
– Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (@mirabai_chanu) 1626441808000
He not only silenced his detractors by winning world championship gold in 2017 and Commonwealth Games a year later, the diminutive Manipuri he also overcame an unspecified back problem, which clouded his progress in 2018, and changed his weight category to 49kg from his original 48kg after the international federation decided to introduce new categories to the sport in the run-up to the Games. from Tokyo.
What led to her downfall at the Rio Games, the clean and the idiot, has now become Chanu’s strength. The 26-year-old has consistently improved in the section to stay in contention for the medals at major events.
In fact, Chanu currently holds the world record for clean and jerk in the women’s 49kg category. She successfully lifted 119 kg at the Asian Championships, her last tournament before the Tokyo Games, in April to win the gold medal in the section and an overall bronze.
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– Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (@mirabai_chanu) 1626532515000
The performance is sure to boost your confidence when you head to the weightlifting arena on July 24.
While Chanu’s superior display in cleanliness and pull has helped her keep up with her opponents in recent tournaments, her performance in the kickoff event has often proven to be her Achilles heel.
The 26-year-old has undoubtedly struggled while lifting weights in the snatch due to her shoulder injury.
At the recent Asian Championships, Chanu failed to lift 85kg in her first two snatch attempts and was in danger of being knocked out of the competition before successfully lifting 86kg on her last attempt.
However, the effort was a whopping 10kg less than Chinese lifter Hou Zhihui’s world record 96kg lift in the same competition. Chanu’s personal best in snatch is 88kg, which he lifted at the national championship in February last year.
Chanu is aware of his weakness and has been working on it with Dr. Aaron Horschig, a former weightlifter turned physical therapist and strength and conditioning coach.
He arrived in Tokyo after undergoing a 50-day training in St Louis, USA.