Former world champion Mirabai Chanu will look to place her finest foot ahead after spending greater than a 12 months with out competitors when she spearheads the Indian problem on the Asian Weightlifting Championship beginning on Friday.
Whereas the final occasion the Indians had participated was the Nationwide Championships in February 2020 earlier than the weightlifting schedule went haywire as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the Qatar Worldwide Cup in December 2019 was their final worldwide competitors.
The 26-year-old Chanu stays India’s brightest medal prospect for the gold-level Olympic qualifying occasion which was postponed final 12 months as a result of pandemic.
The ace weightlifter, who competes within the 49kg class, can be keen to enhance her private finest (203kg) and end on the rostrum, having missed the bronze by a whisker within the 2019 version.
Within the final version, the gold medal went to Hou Zhihui of China 208kg (92kg+116kg) whereas North Korea’s Ri Tune-Gum clinched the silver, lifting 200kg (86kg+114kg).
China’s Zhang Rong had completed with the identical complete of 199kg as Chanu, however took residence the bronze as a consequence of a better snatch end result.
After recovering from a again harm, which marred her progress in 2018, Chanu has consistently improved her efficiency. Within the 2019 World Championship, the Manipuri breached the 200kg mark by lifting 201kg (87kg+114kg).
Nonetheless, Jiang Huihua of China (212kg), Zhihui (211kg) and Gum (209kg) lifted greater than the Indian.
Chanu’s finest efficiency got here on the Nationwide Championships final 12 months the place she lifted 88kg in snatch and 115 kg in clear and jerk for a complete of 203 kg proper earlier than the sporting world was delivered to a grinding halt.
She additionally flew to the US final 12 months to get remedy of her decrease again ache from Dr. Aaron Horschig, a physio and energy and conditioning coach, which ought to profit her.
Taking part on this event can even verify Chanu’s Olympic spot as she has competed in 5 of the six necessary qualifying occasions.
Underneath the brand new guidelines, to qualify for the Tokyo Video games, a weightlifter should compete in not less than one occasion in every of the three durations of six months (unfold over November 2018 to April 2020), not less than six occasions general and in not less than one gold and silver-level occasion.
Among the many male lifters, all eyes can be on the 2018 Youth Olympic Video games gold medallist teenager Jeremy Lalrinnunga. The 18-year-old is the highest-ranked Asian outdoors the top-eight and is positioned 22nd within the 67kg class. He can be eager to extend his rankings factors and seal an Olympic berth.
The Mizo weightlifter had gone on a record-breaking spree in his final worldwide event. He had smashed his personal Youth World and Asian report in snatch, clear and jerk and complete elevate with an effort of 306kg (140kg+166kg).
Different Indians within the fray embody Sneha Soren (49kg), Jhilli Dalabehera (45 kg), P Anuradha (87kg), Achinta Sheuli (73 kg) and two-time Commonwealth Video games gold medallist Satish Sivalingam (81kg).
Ladies: Mirabai Chanu (49 kg), Sneha Soren (49kg), Jhilli Dalabehera (45 kg), P Anuradha (87kg).
Males: Jeremy Lalrinnunga (67kg), Achinta Sheuli (73 kg), Satish Sivalingam (81kg).