PATTAYA (Thailand), September 19: Former world champion Mirabai Chanu bettered her own national record but missed out on a podium, finishing a creditable fourth, in the women’s 49kg event at the World Weightlifting Championship on Thursday.
The 25-year-old Mirabai lifted a personal best in two of the three sections. In snatch she lifted 87kg followed by 114kg in clean and jerk for a total of 201kg.
Mirabai’s earlier national record was 199kg (88kg+111kg) which she recorded in the Asian Weightlifting Championship in China in April.
The gold medal went to Jiang Huihua of China who set a new world record with an effort 212kg (94kg+118kg). The earlier record was held by Hou Zhihui of China, who had lifted 210kg.
Incidentally Zhihui clinched the silver medal, lifting 211kg (94kg+117kg) in the gold level Olympic qualifier. North Korea’s Ri Song Gum claimed the final spot on the podium by lifting 204kg (89kg+115kg).
After clearing 87kg in snatch, Mirabai began her clean and jerk with a 110kg and then lifted 114kg.
But in her third attempt, the Manipuri could not lift 118kg and that cost her dear. Had she been successful, she would have won an overall bronze medal with a total of 205kg. She would have also won a silver in the clean and jerk section.
In World Championships and continental championships, medals are awarded separately for snatch, clean and jerk, and total lift. But in the Olympics, medals are awarded only for total lift. (PTI)