China's Hou Wins Weightlifting Gold, India Celebrates Rare Silver
Zeeshan Mehtab 2 months ago Sat 24th July 2021 | 02:00 PM
Tokyo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Jul, 2021 ) :China's Hou Zhihui took the first weightlifting gold of Tokyo 2020 on Saturday as the Indian Prime Minister led tributes to his country's silver medal winner Chanu Saikhom Mirabai.
"I felt very happy when I finally made it," said Hou.
"In one second all the stress disappeared. I prepared for five years so it means a lot to me." Mirabai, the 2017 world champion at 48kg, was unable to make inroads on Hou's 210kg aggregate but was ecstatic at becoming India's first weightlifting silver medallist, after Karanam Malleswari's bronze in the women's 69kg at Sydney 2000.
"Could not have asked for a happier start to @Tokyo2020!," Modi tweeted.
"India is elated by @mirabai_chanu's stupendous performance. Congratulations to her for winning the Silver medal in weightlifting. Her success motivates every Indian." Had she won gold, Mirabai would have been just the second athlete -- and first female -- from the country of 1.3 billion people to win an individual Olympic title, after Abhinav Bindra in the 10m air rifle at Beijing 2008.
She put her success down to her mum Siti, who was also a weightlifter.
"Yes my mum inspired me and though I cannot say what will happen in the future, right now I am just so happy," Aisah told AFP.
- Papuan history-maker- Earlier in Group B of the 49kg competition, Papua New Guinea's Loa Dika Toua made history as the first female to compete in five Olympic weightlifting competitions, just a few hours after carrying her nation's flag at the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony.
"It's an amazing feeling," she told AFP. "Your dream is to go to one Olympics, and maybe a second one. But I never imagined in a million years that I would make it to five."Her five-Games feat was later matched by double Olympic medallist Hiromi Miyake from Japan, who won a silver medal at London 2012 and bronze at Rio five years ago but finished out of the medals.