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Mirabai Chanu qualifies for Commonwealth Games 2022

Star Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu qualified for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the 55kg weight category on Friday by clinching the gold at the Singapore Weightlifting International in Singapore. Competing

Star Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu qualified for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the 55kg weight category on Friday by clinching the gold at the Singapore Weightlifting International in Singapore.

Competing in the 55 kg weight class for the first time, Chanu lifted 191kg to stand on top of the podium.

The second-placed lifter Australia’s Jessica Sewastenko’s best effort was 167kg, a whopping 24kg less than Chanu’s.

Elly Cassandra Englebert of Malaysia finished third with a best effort of 165kg.

Having pulled out of the world championships in December, this was Chanu’s first competitive event since the historic Tokyo Games performance last year, when she bagged India’s first silver medal in weightlifting at the Olympics.

The 27-year-old has also qualified for the CWG in the 49kg weight category on the basis of her Commonwealth rankings.

First Published: 25th February, 2022 23:24 IST

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