My fight is with myself at the Commonwealth Games: Mirabai Chanu | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

NEW DELHI: Honest yet modest can best define the famous Mirabai Chanu, who buried the ghost of Rio 2016 in Tokyo last year when they woke India up with their silver medal on the opening day of the Olympics. If she “froze” at Rio 2016 with three failed clean and jerk attempts, Mira “jumped” at the chance in Tokyo. A year later, she is ready for her journey, to defend her 2018 Commonwealth Games (CTM) or to Birmingham 2022.
CWG has traditionally been a happy hunting ground for Indian weightlifters, and Mira has no qualms about admitting that, even when asked if it’s because of the lack of bodybuilding Chinese and Korean powers.
“Yes, (compared to other events) competition in weightlifting is a little less in CWG, but it’s not that the absence of strong weightlifting nations makes it easier for us. Every competition teaches us something” , Mira said, as she sat down. down for virtual interaction with
It was heartwarming to see a beaming Mira on the catwalk in Tokyo last year, especially considering the state she found herself in after the two-month lockdown in mid-2020.
This left coach Vijay Sharma worried once training resumed. The shoulders weren’t as strong as before and the back wasn’t strong enough to lift the weights that Mira found easy before Covid-19 stopped training.

India's history at the Commonwealth Games

India’s history at the Commonwealth Games

A trip to the United States and an appointment with former American weightlifter turned physiotherapist Aaron Horschig did the trick in time for the Tokyo Games, and Mira hasn’t looked back since.
However, she admits that injuries are an integral part of sports, especially in power and endurance sports like weightlifting.
“Physically, we’re still on top,” said Mira, who holds the clean and jerk (C&J) world record (119kg) in the 49kg category. The “Snatch” is the other half of the two-part weightlifting competition.
“We can have injuries intermittently, sometimes we have a high percentage (of weight lifting) so there is a threat of injury. But we deal with it. I trained in the States, I worked on which muscles in my body is weak, how to maintain it, what exercises to do. I follow all of these and it benefits me a lot. It reduces the chance of injury and when that happens performance also improves,” on the 27th – Manipur year added.
But Mira is not expected to be stretched out in Birmingham, where a 15-member Indian contingent will seek to overhaul Gold Coast 2018’s record tally.


(Mirabai Chanu with her silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics – Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
India won nine medals at the 2018 edition of the CWG, including five gold, to lead the weightlifting medal tally.
“The whole weightlifting team is trying to improve on that tally. If we look at the performance of each of us, then I’m sure every member of the team is a strong contender for a medal based on what we do. in training,” Mira further said.
But the initial plan of the Indian Weightlifting Federation was to field Mira in the 55kg category, so that Jhilli Dalabehera could be accommodated in the 49kg section and the entire female team of eight lifters could compete in Birmingham.
However, this was not approved by the organizers for ranking reasons and Mira had to return to her 49kg class.
“The federation and the coaches decided that I would compete in the 55 kg category, so that the athlete in 45 kg could compete in 49 kg and the whole team of eight women could compete. That was the plan. J I was also ready, but my ranking points for CWG to qualify for the 55kg class was a bit less, that’s why I wasn’t allowed and had to go back to 49kg,” Mira explained. during his conversation with


(Photo credit: Mirabai Chanu’s Twitter account)
This put the C&J world record back in the spotlight, with Mira needing to break the 119kg mark to rewrite the record books in Birmingham.
“I will try to break that record. It’s a bit easier at the Commonwealth Games, but it depends on my coach, what he thinks and plans. Our plan is actually more focused on the Asian Games and the World Championships,” she said.
The Asian Games, which were to be held right after the CWG this year, have been postponed to next year due to the pandemic situation in China.
“We go into every competition with a plan, what to accomplish and how to prepare. Whatever changes I have made in training and whatever things I am doing well at the moment, that will become clearer with this competition (if it all works).
“At the CWG, my fight is with myself.”
india GTC 2022 weightlifting team
WOMEN: Mirabai Chanu (49kg), Bindyarani Devi (55kg), Popy Hazarika (59kg), Harjinder Kaur (71kg), Punam Yadav (76kg), Usha Kumara (87kg), Purnima Pandey (+87kg)
MEN: Sanket Mahadev (55kg), Gururaja (61kg), Jeremy Lalrinnunga (67kg), Achinta Sheuli (73kg), Ajay Singh (81kg), Vikas Thakur (96kg), Lovepreet Singh (109kg), Gurdeep Singh (+109kg)
(Weightlifting competition at CWG 2022 is scheduled for July 30 to August 3)

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