Lack of competition does make it a bit boring, says CWG 2022 champion Mirabai Chanu | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

NEW DELHI: It’s a walk to the top of the podium for Mirabai Chanu at Birmingham The game of commonwealth (CWG).
On her way to a CWG medal hat-trick, the Tokyo Olympics silver medalist beat the milestones with ease. The Commonwealth and Games records in ‘Snatch’ were the first to be dropped. By the time she failed to lift 115kg on her third clean-and-jerk (C&J) attempt, she had rewrote the Olympic record in C&J as well as in total weight.

Numbers were never the real setting of these Commonwealth Games for Chanu. She added 12 kg in Snatch, 17 kg more in C&J and a total of 29 kg taller than the silver medalist, Marie Ranaivosoa of Mauritius.


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Chanu was right. She called her visit to Birmingham a “war with herself” a few days ago in an interview with
Dropping the gold medal, did Chanu get what she wanted when she stepped into the weightlifting room at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham?
The 27-year-old was honest in answering that and more in this interview with
Let me start with a tweet you posted which contains a video of your mother and your loved ones dancing to celebrate your gold medal in Manipur. Has your steadfastness turned this into a ritual now?
(Laughs) Until I finished my test, I still didn’t see my cell phone. In my spare time, I saw this video sent by my mother. She was very happy. It is a Manipuri dance. The whole village celebrates. Mom was really happy. I am moved to see this, that they love me so much and are always praying for my success.

You said that your fight is with yourself at CWG 2022. And so it happened, with a one-way contest for you. Is it easy or difficult to compete with that mindset?
Yes, I knew in advance that it would be easy at the Commonwealth Games. But I came here with a plan, that in this competition I have to give my best, to be able to better plan for future events, what I need to improve on. But yes, without a top competitor and lacking in combat (competitiveness), it gets a bit boring.


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You used the word “boring”. It’s understandable that an elite athlete, who was once a world champion, won an Olympic silver medal and is now a CWG gold medal hat-trick, almost says ‘please, someone’ challenge me’…
(Laughs) Like I said, this contest is about me. Mr. (trainer Vijay Sharma) also kept telling me that this competition is about you, about the work you have done… I also feel very happy. The mind became relaxed, that whatever I was doing (I needed to focus on that), to improve forward. That’s how I felt when I did my lifts.
Do you think it would be difficult in the 55kg category if that category were approved by the Commonwealth Federation?
I’m ready for 55kg. My trainer worked on getting me fit, ready for me at 55kg and told me to fight and win a medal for India. I told him I was ready because I never gave up. My goal at 55kg was planned because we wanted all eight of us (women weightlifters) to be part of the CWG, but now one can’t compete, seven of us here.
Your event is usually the first to end; we also saw that at the Tokyo Olympics. How do you keep your energy levels high afterwards to motivate the rest of your teammates?
It’s very important, especially after your event is over. To get to know each other best, it’s important to be together. I was at Jeremy (Lalrinnunga)’s event (Jeremy won gold in men’s 67kg), cheered for him, shouted a lot (laughs). In the end it was a great battle with the Samoan and Nigerian lifters. There is another weightlifter who will be competing today (July 31); I have to go for that too. So teamwork is very important. It’s not that I won a medal so it’s over. Mutual support is important.


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I can’t attend Sanket (Sargar) and Gururaja (Poojary) events, because my contest is next in line. (Sanket opened India’s medal tally with a silver in the men’s 55kg, while Gururaja won bronze in the men’s 61kg.)
Injuries are a common occurrence for weightlifters. Do you think it takes time for young players like Sanket and Jeremy to learn how to control their adrenaline in the close quarters, especially when it comes to accurately assessing how much weight they can lift, of course. performed with the consent of the coach?
Sometimes, we need to lift more weight than usual. It depends on the fight in the competition to stay close to the medal. For example, if we are in silver medal position, how much more can we increase to get to gold medal position, like the Samoan lifter did today when trying to overcome the total weight Jeremy’s 300kg weight in the clean and jerk event. This is not in the player, but in the coach. If they think the player can do it, they agree.

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