Chanu Saikhom Mirabai: Biography- Family, early life, age, weightlifting career and more

Mirabai Chanu made India proud again after winning Gold Medal in Weighlifting at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022. Know more about her family, early life background, weightlifting career and other details.
Chanu Mirabai Biography
Chanu Mirabai Biography

Mirabai Chanu Biography: Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu has once again made India proud by winning its first Gold Medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022. She brought home the laurel in the women's 49 kg weightlifting final. The 27-year-old Mirabai Chanu lifted a total of 201 kg to win the Gold Medal which was also India's third medal after at the ongoing CWG 2022 after Sanket Sargar won the Silver and Gururaja delivered Bronze Medal. 

Mirabai Chanu, who had won Gold Medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in Australia, was miles ahead of the competition as she picked up 88 kg in snatch and 113 kg in clean and jerk. As soon as Mirabai Chanu won Gold at Commonwealth Games 2022, congratulatory messages started pouring in. 

Know more about Mirabai Chanu family, background, weightlifting career and other important details related to Gold Medallist. 

Chanu Mirabai: Details

Born as Saikhom Chanu Mirabai
Date of Birth 8th August 1994

Place of Birth

Nongpok Kakching, near Imphal, Manipur


49 kgs


4 feet 11 inches

Chanu Mirabai: Early Life and Family

Chanu Mirabai was born on 8th August 1994 near Imphal. Her family supported her dream of being a weightlifter since she was 12. The family identified her strength when she was able to lift the logs of wood her brother found difficult to pick and walk easily back home. She was known as the heavyweight lifter in the family. 

So began her career. 

Take a look at the tweet made by her for her family:

Weightlifting Career:

Chanu Mirabai's career began with the Glasgow Commonwealth games where she won the silver medal in the 48 kg category. She also qualified for the Rio Olympics but could not finish with any successful lifts. 

In 2017 she won the Gold Medal in the women's category weightlifting in World Weightlifting Championships at Anaheim, CA, USA. She created a record by lifting the 194 kg weight in total and 109 kg clean and jerk. 

She also won the first gold medal for India in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

In the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships, Mirabai lifted a total of 201kgs but finished 4th. 

In 2021, she won the bronze medal at the 2020 Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent 

At 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo Chanu won a silver medal with a total lift of 202 kg in the 49 kg section. 

Chanu Mirabai Tokyo Olympics

Chanu Mirabai: List of Awards and honours

Chanu has been honoured with:

i) Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, highest sporting honour of India (2018)

ii) Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India (2018)

She has also been given INR 1 crore from the Government of Manipur after she won the silver medal at the Olympics 2020.She has also been given the appointment as Additional Superintendent of Police (Sports) in the Manipur State Police.

She has been awarded INR 20 lakh from the Govt of Manipur and INR 2 crore from Indian Railways. 

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