Rio 2016 : Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu disappoints, blows away medal chance


India ended Day 1 of Rio Olympics 2016 on a disappointing note after none of the players returned with a medal in the three events that offered nine medals on Saturday.While Jitu Rai, competing in the men’s 10m air pistol, finished eighth in the final, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu blew away a medal chance by failing to lift in any of the three attempts in clean and jerk.Weightlifting was the last competition of the day as far as India were concerned and Chanu had an outside chance to get India a medal but she failed miserably after no lift in the clean and jerk.In the snatch category, Mirabai began with a lift of 82kg which she failed to lift in the first attempt but came back with a 82kg lift in the second attempt. Later, she tried improving it in the third event but could not lift it either.From the snatch, she went into clean and jerk with a 82kg score. She had a personal best of 192kg as the total lift.In the clean and jerk event, Mirabai began with an attempt of 104kg but she could not lift it. In the second attempt, she tried to go for 106kg, one less than her personal best. She failed to lock in the jerk and could not make it. In the third and final lift, she again tried 106 but could not lift it.After failing all three lifts, her score was not considered for final score and she was out of competition. This was India’s chance to win a medal in women’s weightlifting after 16 years since Karnam Malleshwari’s bronze in Sydney Olympics.The gold in the 48kg women’s weightlifting was won by Thailand’s Sopita Tanasan with a total lift of 200kg and silver was won by Augustiani of Indonesia, who lifted 192kg. Japan’s Miyake won the bronze with a total lift of 188kg.

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