India’s world record holder weightlifter Mirabai Chanu has learned a lesson from the Rio meltdown five years ago and is now confident of doing well at the Tokyo Olympics. Last month, Meerabai revealed that she was “completely broke” after the failure at the 2016 Rio Olympics and that talking to a psychologist helped get her back on track. She said that she has developed as a weightlifter since the last Olympics, changing and changing techniques. “I have learned a lot by participating in the Rio Olympics,” Meerabai said in a video posted by the Sports Authority of India (Sai) on Monday.
“In fact, I’ve learned everything from Rio – from their weaknesses to how to improve them, how to improve myself in terms of training and performance in competition,” she said.
Meerabai had a very disappointing performance at the Rio Games as she failed to reach the women’s 48kg total after failing to lift weight in any of her three attempts in the clean and jerk category.
But since then, she has won gold medals at the World Championship and Commonwealth Games, and things are looking bright for the 26-year-old Manipuri athlete.
When asked about gaining inspiration, he was not surprised when he mentioned the name of Kunjarani Devi, the first superstar of Indian weightlifting.
“I see Kunjarani Madam a lot, she was a top player, and from Manipur. I would also think that I have to be like Madam, win a lot of medals like her.
Meerabai said, “Whenever I am under any doubt or any kind of pressure, I watch my videos and try to motivate myself.”
Among others, 53-year-old Kunjarani won seven World Championship silver medals and bronze in two Asian Games during a decorated career.
When asked about his message to fellow athletes going to Tokyo, Padma Shri Meerabai said, “I wish all the athletes who have qualified for the Olympics. Let us all give our best for India and the country Should try. “
The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8.
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