Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu made history at the Tokyo Olympics by winning a silver medal in the 49kg category and ending India’s 21-year wait. She is also the first female athlete to win a medal from the Indian contingent in the ongoing Olympic Games. Her victory sparked joy among Indians, who flooded social media sites to congratulate her.
Bollywood celebrities also wished Chanu their victory. Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar wrote: “Congratulations #MirabaiChanu .. # TokyoOlympics2021 #Weightlifting.”
Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan tweeted: “Congratulations @mirabai_chanu on getting India a silver medal in weightlifting and getting us off to a strong start! #TokyoOlympics # Cheer4India @WeAreTeamIndia. ”
Taapsee Pannu also congratulated and wrote: “And we’re starting !!!!!! Come on India. “
Actress Dia Mirza shared a video of Chanu’s family in Manipur praying for their victory. She wrote: “This is precious #MirabaiChanu @mirabai_chanu makes history by winning Olympic silver for #Weightlifting # Cheer4India #TeamIndia # Tokyo2020 #Olympics.”
Randeep Hooda also tweeted a picture of Chanu from the tournament. He wrote: “Congratulations #MirabaiChanu for opening our account at the #Olympic Games with your #silver, thank you for all your hard work and this competitive spirit.”
Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha visited the microblogging site and wrote, “#MirabaiChanu. Manipur, India. ZINDABAD !!! “
Check out some other reactions from Bollywood stars.
Thank you Mirabai Chanu for making India proud 🇮🇳 # MirabaiChanu— Darshan Raval #RainingSoon (arshanDarshanRavalDZ) July 24, 2021
Meanwhile, the gold went to the Chinese Hou Zhihui with an effort of 210 kg (94 kg + 116 kg), while Aisah Windy Cantika from Indonesia took bronze with an effort of 194 kg (84 kg + 110 kg). Meanwhile, the Tokyo Olympics were supposed to be held last year but have been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The games will take place from July 23rd to August 8th, 2021.
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