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India’s star weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won a silver medal at the World Championships despite a wrist injury. He lifted a total of 200 kg in this competition. Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Chanu lifted 87 kg in snatch and 113 kg in ‘clean and jerk’ in the 49 kg category.
Jiang Huihua of China won the gold medal with a total lift of 206 kg (93+113), while her compatriot and Tokyo Olympic champion Hou Zhihua won the bronze with a total lift of 198 kg (89+109).
Chief coach Vijay Sharma said, “We were not taking any pressure for this tournament. This is the weight Mira lifts regularly. From now on we will start increasing the weight and improving. We couldn’t do much (about the injury) because we didn’t want to miss the World Championships. Now we will focus on his wrist as we have a lot of time before the next tournament.”