World champion Indian weightlifter Padamshree Saikhom Mirabai Chanu won a gold medal in 49 kg weight category on the opening day during EGAT’s Cup International Weightlifting Championships at Chiangmai, Thailand by lifting a total weight of 192 kg.
Chanu made a strong comeback from the lower back injury that kept her out of action for more than half of 2018.
According to the information received, Chanu won the 49 kg category gold with a effort of 192 kg in the silver level Olympic qualifying event, the points from which will come in handy when the final rankings for Tokyo 2020 cut are done.
"This is my first international event after recovering from injury. I am feeling 100 per cent fit but since this is first one after injury, it is not the best result," Chanu told media after her win.
"But this is just four kg less than my personal best of 196 kg. I am quite satisfied and happy with my performance. I had won World Championships in 2017 with 194 kg," she added.
The 24-year-old Manipuri lifted 82 kg in snatch and 110 kg in clean and jerk to finish on top of the podium after recovering from the injury, which required extensive physiotherapy and kept her out of action for nine months.
Japan's Miyake Hiromi (183kg) claimed the silver, while the bronze went to Papua New Guinea's Loa Dika Toua (179kg).
The best three results of 49 kg weight category are as under:-
Chanu had missed the world championships last year, a gold level Olympic qualifier, owing to the injury which had also forced her out of the Asian Games in Jakarta.
"My next target is the Asian Championships in China, followed by the world championships, which is very crucial for me," Chanu said.
Chanu was last seen in action at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast where she won gold with an effort of 196 kg.
She had then lifted 86 kg in snatch and 110 kg in clean and jerk, a Games record and also her personal best.
EGAT’s Cup International Weightlifting Championships is one of the six qualification events for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The results of all six tournaments would decide the qualification for 2020 Olympics.