Saikhom Mirabai Chanu set a new world record in the women’s 49kg Clean and Jerk event when she lifted 119 kg and clinched a bronze medal at the ongoing Asian Weightlifting Championship in Tashkent Uzbekistan.
Chanu’s quest for world record was supported in large part by the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) of the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI).
The former world champion lifted 86 kg in snatch and 119 kg in clean and jerk, making it a total of 205 kg, beating her personal best of 203 kg, to create the new national record as well.
With the win, she has sealed her spot at Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Chanu was inducted in TOPS on November 14, 2018, and since then, received financial support of Rs 51.51 lakh for equipment, training, competition support, sports science, Out of Pocket Allowance (OPA) and finances for personal support staff.
TOPS is a flagship program of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports which is an attempt to assist India’s top athletes. The scheme looks to add a premium to the preparations of select athletes so that they can win Olympic medals in the 2020 and 2024 Olympics.
During the Olympic cycle, the Manipuri weightlifter’s medical consultation fees with Dr Aaron Horschig until the 2021 Asian Championships has been taken care of by TOPS.
Further, she has been assisted with a one-year subscription to specialized strength and conditioning software, and two months training and rehabilitation programme in Kansas, USA.
The scheme also covered personal physiotherapist and masseur Shivani Bharuka’s fee and the cost of her sports kit and weighing machine.
In 2014, Mirabai Chanu won a silver medal at Glashow Commonwealth Games, she won gold at Anaheim World Championships, 2017 and gold medal at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.