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Mirabai Chanu Height, Weight, Age, Family, Biography & More


Mirabai Chanu

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Bio/Wiki
Full NameSaikhom Mirabai Chanu
ProfessionIndian Weightlifter
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 150 cm
in meters- 1.50 m
in feet inches- 4’ 11”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 48 kg
in pounds- 106 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourDark Brown
Personal Life
Date of Birth8 August 1994
Age (as in 2018)24 Years
BirthplaceNongpok Kakching, Imphal East, Manipur, India
Zodiac sign/Sun signLeo
NationalityIndian
HometownManipur , India
ReligionHinduism
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
HobbiesWorking Out, Travelling, Listening to Music
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Felicitated by N. Biren Singh (the Chief Minister of Manipur) with a cash prize of ₹2 Million (₹20 Lakh)
Mirabai Chanu receiving check from N. Biren Singh
• Padma Shri in 2018
• Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for Weightlifting in 2018
Mirabai Chanu receiving Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
Boys, Affairs, and More
Marital StatusUnmarried
Family
Husband/SpouseN/A
ParentsFather: Saikhom Kriti Meitei (an employee at the Public Works Department)
Mother: Saikohm Ongbi Tombi Leima (Shopkeeper)
Mirabai Chanu with her Mother
Mirabai Chanu's Family
SiblingsBrother- Saikhom Sanatomba Meitei
Sister(s)- Saikom Rangita, Saikhom Shaya

Note: She has 5 siblings.
Favourite Things
Favourite FoodKangsoi

Mirabai Chanu

Some Lesser Known Facts About Mirabai Chanu

  • Mirabai Chanu was born and brought up in Manipur, India. She is the sixth and youngest child in the family.

    Mirabai Chanu's Birthplace

    Mirabai Chanu’s Birthplace

  • Her ideal is Kunjarani Devi. In an interview, she told that

    “When I was a kid, I first saw Kunjarani Devi, the sport looked so appealing, I was baffled at how she was lifting such heavyweights. So I told my parents that I wanted to do this, with much reluctance they agreed. In our state, you can compare Kunjarani to weightlifting and Sania Mirza is to tennis. Every Manipuri girl wanted to be like her. I saw Kunjarani Devi’s performance at the 2004 Olympics and dreamt of podium glory.”

    Mirabai Chanu's inspiration Kunjarani Devi

    Mirabai Chanu’s inspiration Kunjarani Devi

  • She started weightlifting in 2008 at Khuman Lampak Sports Complex in Imphal, India. During her childhood days, there was no weightlifting centre in her village. So, for her training, she had to travel 44 km daily. She also stated that

    “The coaches would give us diet charts in which chicken and milk were an essential part. But, due to her family condition, she couldn’t afford it every day.”

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  • She won the first ever competitive gold medal of her career at the age of 11 in a local weightlifting contest.
  • Her actual weightlifting journey began in 2011 when she participated at the 2011 International Youth Championship and at the South Asian Junior Games. She won the gold medals in these games.
  • In 2013, she participated at the Junior National Championship in Guwahati, India. There, she was awarded the Best Lifter Award.
  • In 2014, she represented India at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (a city in Scotland). Here, she clinched a Silver Medal in the women’s 48 kg class by lifting a total of 170 kg.
  • On 31 August 2015, she was appointed as a Senior Ticket Collector with the Indian Railway.
  • In 2016, she qualified for Rio Olympics in women’s 48 kg category. Unfortunately, she didn’t finish her event and failed in winning any medal. In an interview, she said that

    “I was really low after the Olympics. It took me a lot of time to get over the disappointment. I even thought of giving up the sport and stop training. The comments in social media, the criticism against my coach really hurt me.”

  • In 2017, she got selected for the World Weightlifting Championships held at Anaheim, CA, the United States in the women’s 48 kg category. She lifted 194 kg in total (85 kg snatch and 109 kg clean & jerk) and brought a Gold Medal for India at World Weightlifting Championship in 22 years after 1995. Before her, Karnam Malleswari won two Gold Medals at the World Weightlifting Championships in 1994 and 1995. 

  • For this World Weightlifting Championships, she missed the wedding of her sister “Shaya” on November 22 in Manipur. In an interview with TOI, she told that

    Everyone back home was upset with my decision to miss my sister’s wedding. I had come to California on November 12 to get battle ready as I wanted to erase the bad memories of my disappointing Rio Olympics campaign. This gold is the best wedding gift I could have given to my sister.”

  • Then, she represented India in 2018 Commonwealth Games and won India’s first Gold Medal in weightlifting on 5 April in the women’s 48 kg category. She lifted 196 kg total weight (86 kg in Snatch and 110 kg in Clean & Jerk). By lifting 196 kg weight, she smashed the previous weightlifting record which was 175 kg set by Augustine Nwaokolo of Nigeria in 2010.

  • On 25 September 2018, she conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in Sports and Games; which is the highest sporting honour of the Republic of India by the President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
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