Mirabai Chanu, an Indian weightlifter, has set her sights on the World Championships, which will be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, from December 7 to 17. She’s working on a new snatch method, and the Worlds will be an excellent place to put it to the test.
Her coach Vijay Sharma exclusively told Sportskeeda:
“We are definitely planning to compete at the world championships in December. But we still have three months left, so we don’t know how things will pan out.”
Mirabai Chanu will compete in her first big tournament since winning silver in the women’s 49kg weight category at the Tokyo Olympics. After Karnam Malleswari, she became only the second Indian woman to win an Olympic medal in weightlifting (2000).
The 27-year-old is now undergoing training at Patiala’s Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports. She wants to earn a medal at the Asian Games next year, and the World Championship will provide her the opportunity to put her new skills to the test.
Mirabai Chanu continues to work on ‘Snatch’
The snatch event was the biggest difference between Mirabai Chanu and China’s Hou Zhihui in the Olympics. While the Indian lifted 87 kilograms, her Chinese counterpart hoisted a whopping 94 kilograms to take a commanding lead.
Rather than snatch, which is more technique-based, the Imphal native is noted for her sheer strength in clean and jerk events.