On the opening day of Commonwealth Games 2018, India made a remarkable start by winning first gold medal. World champion and CWG record holder Saikhom Mirabai Chanu won gold for India in the women’s 48 kg weightlifting event. In the process, Mirabai Chanu smashed the weightlifting record by lifting 196 kg. In CWG 2018, Chanu broke the record of 175kg set by Nigeria’s Augustina Nwaokolo in Delhi in 2010. Before Chanu’s amazing performance at CWG 2018, Indian weightlifter Gururaja won a silver medal in the men’s 56kg event.
Soon after Mirabai Chanu made this record, Twitterati flows with congralutory messages.
Congratulations to Saikhom Mirabai Chanu for winning India’s first Gold at the #GC2018 games and breaking three CWG records. India is delighted by these achievements: PM @narendramodi @GC2018 pic.twitter.com/XHyFh8blVw
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 5, 2018
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 5, 2018
Whatever the boys do, our girls do one better! Bravo Mirabai Chanu for lifting that coveted weightlifting Gold at @GC2018 As a father of two bright girls, I am so proud of your achievement. #GoForMore our prayers are with you & the entire Indian contingent. pic.twitter.com/Jbsk8tX8oY
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) April 5, 2018
Congratulations to #MirabaiChanu on clinching gold medal in #GC2018 and setting a new record in the women’s 48kg weightlifting category of Commonwealth Games. The entire Railway family is proud of her achievement. pic.twitter.com/M2fr9U8Wrz
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 5, 2018
congratulations .. and so proud of you Mirabi Chanu .. you have made us all proud Indians 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 https://t.co/fzQ6LAPOXe
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 5, 2018
Officially known as the XXI Commonwealth Games, the 2018 Commonwealth Games is an international multi-sport event. In this, only the members of Commonwealth can participate. This year, the event is going on Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The event has started on 5th April and will end on 15 April 2018. CWG 2018’s opening Ceremony was held on 4th April and Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu was India’s flag bearer at the event.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu has won many medals at CWG and also holds the world record of World Championships. For her contributions to sports, the Government of India awarded her Padma Shri. Born on 8 August 1994, Mirabai Chanu belongs to Manipur.