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SEE: Weightlifter Mirabai arrives in Tokyo

Last updated on: July 16, 2021 21:26 IST
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Mirabai Chanu at the Games Village in Tokyo on Friday

IMAGE: Mirabai Chanu at the Games Village in Tokyo on Friday. Photograph: Saikhom Mirabai Chanu/Twitter

Ace Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu on Friday arrived in Tokyo ahead of the Olympic Games, which is scheduled to begin from July 23, after completing her final bit of preparation at St. Louis, United States of America.

Finally reached our destination. #Tokyo2020 Games Village.
Mirabai underwent a 50-day training in the United States, under the watchful eyes of national coach Vijay Sharma and assistant coach Sandip Kumar, which was sanctioned by the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), as per

Mirabai Chanu

Photograph: Kind Courtesy SAI/Sports Ministry

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.

Tokyo Olympics will be Chanu's second appearance on the big stage as she had earlier qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women's 48 kg category. However, she failed to finish the event as she failed to lift the weight in any of her three attempts in the clean & jerk section.


Mirabai would now be hoping to bury the ghosts of the past at the showpiece event by lifting the bar higher this time.

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