In a heartbreaking turn of events, Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s hopes for a medal at the Asian Games were shattered due to an unfortunate injury on Saturday.
Competing in the women’s 49 kg weightlifting competition on Saturday, Chanu faced a series of setbacks, ultimately finishing in fourth place.
The disappointment began with Chanu’s underwhelming performance in the snatch category, putting immense pressure on her during the clean and jerk phase. Desperate to secure a bronze medal, she attempted a challenging 117 kg lift. However, her determination was met with failure as she faltered in both of her attempts.
In a final, desperate bid, Chanu’s struggle took a devastating turn. As she tried to lift from the ‘squat position,’ she lost her balance, resulting in a severe back injury. The injury forced her out of bounds in the snatch category, where she managed to lift only 83 kg. Her subsequent attempts to lift 86 kg also proved unsuccessful.
The weightlifting arena witnessed a heart-wrenching moment as Chanu, in pain and disappointment, had to be lifted off the stage. To add to the sorrow, six other weightlifters outperformed her in the snatch category, further highlighting the magnitude of her struggle.