Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s statement, said- ‘My goal is to get a medal for the country with the best performance’

Tokyo Olympics silver medalist weightlifter Mirabai Chanu aims to give the country another medal with her best performance at the Paris Olympics starting next month. Mirabai is the only weightlifter from India to have confirmed her ticket to the Paris Olympics. Competing in the 49kg weight category, the athlete is focusing on avoiding injuries to pursue her medal dream.

Mirabai, who is preparing to participate in the Olympic Games for the third time, said from Patiala in an online press conference organized by SAI (Sports Authority of India), IOC (Indian Olympic Association) and Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF), “I am excited about Paris but there is also some nervousness and tension. A lot of my rivals have changed in the last three years (after the Tokyo Olympics). There is pressure to win a medal for India but if I am able to perform my best, then I can win a medal for the country.”

Mirabai Chanu has a personal best of 88 kg in snatch and 119 kg in clean and jerk. She has been struggling with injuries and back problems are a constant problem. She suffered from a hip injury in the Asian Games due to which she was away from the game for five months. Recovering from injuries has been her biggest challenge with her American physio Dr. Aaron Horschig and coach Vijay Sharma. She said that she is gradually increasing her weight lifting capacity.

Mirabai said, “I am gradually increasing my ability to lift weights. Right now I have achieved 80-85 percent fitness and during practice I am lifting 70 to 80 kg in snatch and 100 to 110 kg in clean and jerk. We will increase it gradually.” When asked about her weight lifting target, she said, “It is difficult to say anything about this but my effort will be to do better than before in 90 kg in snatch and clean and jerk.”

The Manipur player said that right now her entire focus is on avoiding injury. Praising Horshig, she said, “His presence has helped a lot. I have been working with him since 2020 and he understands very well where the problem is in my body. He knows how to recover quickly from injury and how to carry forward the practice.” Mirabai said, “I have learned a lot after getting injured. Along with dealing with it and recovering, it is very important to focus on proper diet and rest.”

Mirabai is going to Paris on July 7 to prepare for the Olympics. She will practice there for a month. Her event in the Olympics will be held on August 7. Mirabai said, “I am going to Paris on July 7. Reaching there a month before the competition will be of great benefit.” Thanking SAI, TOPS (Target Olympic Podium Scheme) and IWLF for supporting her, she said, “It is a big thing for any player to get a chance to practice for a month in the host city of the Olympics. All these have helped me a lot.

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