Indian Weighlifter Mirabai Chanu has departed for Tokyo 2020 after completing her final bit of preparation here at St Louis, United States of America.
The 49 kg category-weightlifter will be accompanied by her coaches Sharma, Kumar, and Pramod Sharma along with physiotherapist Aalap Javadekar for the mega event.
Mirabai Chanu’s event will be held on July 24.
Tokyo Olympics will be Chanu’s second appearance on the big stage as she had earlier qualified for the 2016 Rio in the women’s 48 kg category. However, she failed to finish the event.
This was her second stint in the US after undergoing a two-month stint under strength and conditioning coach, Dr Aaron Horschig, last year. Her lower back and shoulder issues were addressed during the previous stint.
In 2017, Chanu redeemed herself as she won the Gold medal in the Women’s 48 kg category by lifting a competition record 194 kg in total (85 kg snatch and 109 kg clean & jerk) in the World Weightlifting Championships held at Anaheim, CA, United States.
She then won gold in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and bronze in Clean and Jerk at 49 kg Category in the 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships.
Earlier this year, in her first international meet in over a year, Mirabai Chanu broke the world record in clean and jerk as she went on to win a bronze medal in the 49kg event at the Asian Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She set a new world record in clean and jerk while also bettering her own national record to finish on the podium in a tough field.