Mirabai Chanu’s medal hopes swell after North Korea’s withdrawal from Olympics

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By Aparajita Upadhyay

Star Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s probabilities of profitable a medal on the upcoming Olympics obtained a shot within the arm on Tuesday after North Korea introduced it is not going to be taking part within the Tokyo Video games.

North Korea pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics, to be held from July 23 to August eight, to guard its athletes from the “world public well being disaster attributable to COVID-19.”

Former world champion Chanu presently occupies fourth place within the girls’s 49kg Tokyo Video games qualifying rankings with 3869.8038 Robi factors — the Worldwide Weightlifting Federation’s official calculation technique.

Her nearest rival, Ri Music Gum of North Korea, who had pipped Chanu to take the bronze medal on the 2019 World Championship by lifting 204kg as in opposition to 201kg by the Indian, is positioned third with 4209.4909 factors.

Thus, Chanu stands to realize if North Korea sticks to its determination of withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics.

“We’re blissful to listen to this information about North Korea withdrawing from the Olympics. However, truthfully our focus was on competing with China,” nationwide coach Vijay Sharma advised PTI.

“On the finish of the day, particular person efficiency is most vital and we’ll give our greatest within the Asian Championship subsequent week,” he added.

The most recent qualifying rankings function three Chinese language weightlifters within the prime 5. Hou Zhihui (4703.1982) heads the checklist whereas reigning world champion and world document holder Jiang Huihua (4667.8878) and Zhang Rong (3837.8294) occupy the second and fifth spots respectively.

Nevertheless, solely one of many three Chinese language lifters will be capable to compete on the Olympics as a nation can ship just one athlete per weight class, successfully making Chanu the second finest lifter in her class.

As issues stand, when it comes to whole weight lifted, solely Huihua (212kg), Zhihui (211kg) and Gum (209kg) have lifted greater than Chanu (201kg). The opposite lifters are considerably behind the Indian, the closest being USA’s Delacruz Jourdan Elizabeth, whose finest effort is 195kg, adopted by Indonesia’s Aisah Windy Cantika (190kg).

Chanu had a disappointing outing on the 2016 Rio Olympics. The diminutive Manipuri had didn’t document a authorized elevate in any of her three makes an attempt in clear & jerk and thus couldn’t get an total whole in girls’s 48kg.

The 26-year-old will subsequent be seen on the Asian Weightlifting Championships to be held at Tashkent in Uzbekistan from April 16 to 25.

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