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Mirabai Chanu qualifies for Paris Olympics

Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu finished third in Group B in the women's 49kg event of the IWF World Cup in Thailand, with a total lift of 184kg.

Mirabai Chanu qualifies for Paris Olympics

A screengrab of Mirabai Chanu at the World Championships in Phuket, Thailand, on April 1, 2024.


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 1 April 2024 12:55 PM GMT

Mirabai Chanu, the Tokyo Olympics silver-medallist, has all but qualified for the 2024 Paris Games after she finished third in Group B of the women's 49kg category at the IWF World Cup in Phuket, Thailand, on Monday.

Despite a six-month injury hiatus, Chanu showcased her resilience by lifting a total of 184kg (81kg snatch + 103kg clean and jerk). With this performance, she effectively fulfilled the criteria for the Paris Olympics qualification, which mandates participation in two compulsory events and three other qualifiers.

Although Chanu's performance in Phuket didn't match her personal bests, with lifts falling short of her 88kg snatch and 119kg clean and jerk records, the 2017 world champion's determination remains unwavering.

Despite the setback of a hip tendonitis injury sustained during the Asian Games in September, Chanu managed five clean lifts, demonstrating her resilience and determination.

Currently ranked second in the women's 49kg Olympic Qualification Ranking (OQR), Chanu stands poised to secure her spot pending the official announcement after the World Cup concludes.

With time on her side to peak by July, Chanu's progress looks promising as she continues her rehabilitation journey. At 29, she is set to make her third Olympic appearance, representing India as the sole weightlifter at the Paris Games.

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