Returning from injury, Mirabai wins gold in Thailand

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Saikhom Mirabai Chanu after winning the gold medal at EGAT’s Cup 2019.

Thailand, February 7: World champion Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu on Thursday won a gold medal at the EGAT Cup in Thailand, making a strong comeback from the lower back injury that kept her out of action for more than half of 2018.
According to the information received here, Chanu won the 49 kg category gold with a effort of 192 kg in the silver level Olympic qualifying event, the points from which will come in handy when the final rankings for Tokyo 2020 cut are done.
“This is my first international event after recovering from injury. I am feeling 100 per cent fit but since this is first one after injury, it is not the best result,” Chanu told PTI from Chiang Mai city in Thailand.
“But this is just four kg less than my personal best of 196 kg. I am quite satisfied and happy with my performance. I had won World Championships in 2017 with 194 kg,” she added.
The 24-year-old Manipuri lifted 82 kg in snatch and 110 kg in clean and jerk to finish on top of the podium after recovering from the injury, which required extensive physiotherapy and kept her out of action for nine months.
Japan’s Miyake Hiromi (183kg) claimed the silver, while the bronze went to Papua New Guinea’s Loa Dika Toua (179kg).
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