Guwahati: Former world champion weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu notched up the gold medal in the women’s 49 kg category at the 6th Qatar International Cup in Doha on Friday.
The 25-year-old Manipuri weightlifter lifted 83 kg in snatch and 111 kg in clean and jerk to finish on top of the podium.
Chanu won gold with an effort of 194 kg in the Olympic qualifying event, the points from which will come in handy when the final rankings for Tokyo 2020 cut are done.
To qualify for Tokyo, a weightlifter must compete in at least one event in each of the three periods of six months (spread over November 2018 to April 2020), at least six events overall and in at least one gold and another silver level event.
Earlier this year, at the world championship, Chanu had breached the much-anticipated 200 kg mark by lifting her personal best in all three sections. In snatch, she lifted 87 kg followed by 114 kg in clean and jerk for a total of 201 kg. China’s Jiang Huihua (212 kg) had won the gold.
The Manipuri weightlifter had also clinched the gold medal in 49 kg at the EGAT Cup, which was the first of the six Olympic qualifying events for her.