‘If the Chinese and Koreans can do it, why cannot we?’ – Mirabai Chanu: A silver definitely worth the ‘ache’ | More sports activities News

‘If the Chinese and Koreans can do it, why cannot we?’ – Mirabai Chanu: A silver definitely worth the ‘ache’ | More sports activities News
‘If the Chinese and Koreans can do it, why cannot we?’ – Mirabai Chanu: A silver definitely worth the ‘ache’ | More sports activities News
NEW DELHI: A wrist damage on the National Games this 12 months had made it troublesome for Mirbai Chanu to even grip the barbell. With the World Championships simply two months away then, the Tokyo Olympics silver medallist had no selection however to handle the damage. And Chanu did that nicely. A second World Championships medal, a silver within the 49kg weight class, was value all of the ‘ache’.
An 87kg elevate in Snatch and 113kg in clear and jerk was sufficient to place Chanu at second place on the rostrum with a complete of 200kg. But that is the place she and her coach Vijay Sharma put a fullstop to including extra iron plates. They did not wish to danger hurting the wrist extra, with nonetheless a 12 months and a half left within the Paris 2024 Olympics qualification cycle for weightlifting, which started on August 1, 2022.

But the world file holder in clear and jerk (119kg) needed to summon every ounce of her grit and vitality in Bogota, Colombia.
She failed an 87kg try in snatch earlier than registering a profitable elevate with appreciable issue. Chanu has typically talked about touching 90kg in snatch as a goal, however this time it was about staying on the rostrum whereas carrying an damage. For that, 87kg was sufficient.
The extensive grip on snatch is the place she remains to be discovering it robust. Receiving the bar overhead in squat place is the purpose the place Chanu’s weakened wrist muscle groups are essentially the most weak in the meanwhile.

Her first 111kg elevate in clear and jerk additionally noticed crimson lights, earlier than she pulled it off in her second try, after which including two extra kilos to it for 113kg, which clinched her the silver medal — behind China’s Jiang Huihua‘s whole elevate of 206kg (93kg, 113kg) for gold. Huihua’s compatriot and reigning 49kg Olympic champion Hou Zhihui settled for bronze with a complete of 198kg (89kg, 109kg).
Beating a Chinese, and the Tokyo Olympics gold medallist is one thing that Chanu has all the time dreamt of doing. When she received gold (48kg) on the 2017 World Championships, China was not a part of the competitors held in California. She completed fourth in 2019 and skipped the World Championships in 2021.

When TimesofIndia.com received in contact with Chanu, she was just a little unwell, down with a nasty chilly and a abdomen bug following her competitors. But she was gracious sufficient to return quickly after some relaxation and sit down for a chat.
A second worldwide medal of 2022 after the Commonwealth Games gold and likewise second World Championships medal. But you appear a bit beneath the climate…
Yes, I’ve caught a chilly and have an upset abdomen. But it’s kind of higher this morning after some relaxation.
An athlete’s life is hard, proper?
(Smiles). Yes. Training mei bhi focus karna aur baaki sab…Kar rahi hu, sabko khush rakhna hai (must concentrate on coaching and likewise handle every part else. Trying to do it; I’ve to maintain everybody glad). That is our life.
Your wrist has made as a lot information as your medal. But a outstanding achievement to be injured and nonetheless find yourself on the rostrum…
Thank you. This damage was found on the MRI I had after the National Games. Because of overload and extreme coaching, there may be an damage within the muscle. I believe they (medical doctors) name it a cyst of their language, one thing bloody. However, the ache just isn’t steady. It comes and goes. It’s on and off. It was high-quality in between, however after I was coaching within the US, I felt the ache once more.
How did you handle it in such a aggressive discipline on the World Championships?
Especially in snatch, it (the wrist) is essential. I wore a wrist band, which I’ve by no means executed earlier than, however needed to put on it in order that I do not really feel a lot ache as a result of it might have been very troublesome for me had the damage worsened. So I supported my muscle groups with the band. Also, my physio has prescribed some train. The small muscle groups of the wrist are feeling the load. So I’m following all of the workouts for that. It has helped me.
You completed forward of the Olympic champion however misplaced to the gold medallist by simply two kilograms. Was it a strategic transfer to not worsen your damage by including extra weight?
Yes, in snatch we determined to solely go as much as a sure weight due to the wrist damage, most 88kg. In clear & Jerk, I assumed I’d elevate a better weight, however within the first try they (judges) dominated it a no-lift.
You, after all, have been conscious of your wrist…
I could not afford hurting my wrist extra as there are necessary competitions lined up, just like the Asian Championships and the Asian Games. My focus is on that now after recovering from this damage.
So we will say the gold slipped out of your grasp due to damage…
(Smiles) Yes.
But you continue to ended up beating a Chinese athlete. That should be very satisfying…
If they (China and Korea) can do it, why cannot we? So I all the time used to assume that beating the Chinese is a dream for Indian weightlifting and for me as nicely. It’s a battle between China, Korea and me. So I’m all the time as much as compete with them.
You are 28 now. The Paris Olympics are certainly in your roster, however is your physique someplace telling you to go gradual, handle your workload?
By over coaching, one thing or the opposite occurs. Not simply with weightlifters, it could possibly occur with any participant (of any sport), small issues grow to be weak someplace. Sometimes I’ve points with my again, typically with my wrist. Sir (coach Vijay Sharma) has additionally suggested me that now, in the long term, I must do what I did not do earlier than…like which muscle groups within the wrist, again, shoulders should be labored on. If I do it repeatedly, I can keep my physique and keep away from damage. I’ve began with that already earlier than and after coaching.
What’s subsequent in your record of goals?
First focus is on recovering from this (wrist) damage…For me, the Asian Games are essential as India would not have a weightlifting gold medal within the Asian Games.

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