Apia (Samoa) : Indian Star weightlifter and former world champion Mirabai Chanu notched up gold on the opening day of the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship here on Tuesday.
The Indian contingent won 13 medals that included eight gold, three silver and two bronze medals in senior, junior and youth categories.
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Mirabai Chanu wins gold at Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championship
Mirabai’s run for Olympics seem to be bright with her win at the Commonwealth with a total weight lifted of 191 kg (84 kg+107kg) in the senior category.
Her points have added up for a better chance to participate in the Olympic qualifying event.
Mirabai last took part at the Asian Championship in Ningbo, China in April where she lifted 199kg (86kg+113kg) to miss out on a medal by a whisker.
Mirabai Chanu closer to be qualified for Olympics
The qualification process for the 2020 Olympics is based on the performances of the weightlifters in six events over a period of 18 months out of which the four best results logged by a lifter will be considered.