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Saikhom Mirabai Chanu

Former World Champion Mirabai Chanu during Senior National Weightlifting Championship in Kolkata.

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Recipients of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna cricketer Virat Kohli and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu at the National Sports and Adventure Award 2018 function where the cricketer was conferred Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna at Rashtrapti Bhawan in New Delhi, Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018.

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The 23-year-old from Imp­hal won gold in the 48kg cat­e­gory at the World 2017 Wei­­ghtlifting Championship in Anaheim, US, by lifting a total of 194kg (85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean & jerk). She clinched the 2018 CWG gold in the same category.

President Ram Nath Kovind confers Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award on weightlifter Mirabai Chanu at the National Sports and Adventure Award 2018 function at Rashtrapti Bhawan in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind greets Commonwealth Games 2018 gold medallist weightlifter Chanu Saikhom at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

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Three clean lifts, then three lifts double her body weight...there are days when an athlete herself doesn’t know what possessed her to achieve the hitherto unthinkable. At the end of her manic maelstrom, Mirabai Chanu didn’t just win (48kg) gold—India’s first—at the Commonwealh Games. She smashed the Games record to smithereens.

India's women's 48kg Weightlifting gold medalist Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, center, stands with silver medalist of Mauritius Marie Hanitra Ranaivosoa, left, and bronze medalist of Sri Lanka Dinusha Gomes at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

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India's Saikhom Mirabai Chanu shows her gold medal at the women's 48kg Weightlifting final during the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

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