Manipur, Dec 10: Indian weightlifter S Bindyarani Devi from Manipur won the first gold medal for the country at the ongoing 2021 IWF World Weightlifting Championship in Uzbekistan’s Tashkent.

Bindyarani Devi wins Clean and Jerk gold in Weightlifting World Championships

The 22-year-old’s best lift of 114kg earned her the first spot in the Clean and Jerk category, while she finished a creditable fourth overall with a total of 198kgs (84+114kg).

The overall gold medal went at 203 kgs. Bindyarani was placed at 9th in the Snatch category with the best lift of 84Kg.

This medal is also more special because she was placed in Group B in the 55-kg weight category.

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Hailing from Manipur, Bindyarani has been called ‘Mirabai 2.0’ in the past. Coming from similar backgrounds and the same state and club, there are many similarities between young lifter Bindyarani and Olympic medallist Mirabai Chanu.

Mirabai may be absent from the World Championships this time, but her club-mate has ensured the Indian contingent does not return medal-less from the world event.