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Mirabai Chanu Qualifies for Paris Olympics 2024 After Impressive Return from Injury

New Delhi: Indian weightlifting sensation Mirabai Chanu has taken a significant step towards qualifying for the Paris Olympics 2024 after clinching the third position in Group B of the IWF World Cup 2024, a pivotal qualifying event for the Olympics, held in Phuket, Thailand. Chanu, who won silver at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, showcased her prowess by lifting a total of 184 kgs (81kg+103kg) with flawless execution in all her attempts, marking a triumphant return to the sport after a six-month injury layoff.

Expressing her elation after the competition, Mirabai Chanu shared, “It feels incredible to come back after an injury. Almost every lift I made today felt clean, clear, and powerful, and I’m leaving this competition feeling strong and confident.” She credited her successful rehabilitation to the unwavering support of her team and the relentless dedication that fueled her comeback.

“The journey to get here required relentless dedication and hard work, and I couldn’t be happier being back on the ramp – lifting and competing for my country,” added Chanu, emphasizing her determination to represent India at the highest level once again.

Coach Vijay Sharma lauded Mirabai’s performance, highlighting the meticulous focus on her rehabilitation in the lead-up to the event. “Seeing her perform comfortably today, given she is returning after six months of injury and rehabilitation, makes me proud of all the hard work we have done,” said Sharma. He emphasized that Chanu exhibited confidence and ease in her lifts, setting the stage for their preparations for the Paris Olympics.

With her spot almost secured for the Paris Olympics, Mirabai Chanu and her coaching team have shifted their focus towards rigorous training and preparation for the marquee event in 2024. “Now that we’re almost through, our focus is firmly set on the Paris Olympics 2024. It’s time to channel all our energy into preparing for the main event in Paris,” affirmed Coach Sharma, outlining their roadmap for the upcoming challenges.

Mirabai Chanu’s remarkable comeback story serves as an inspiration to athletes worldwide, underscoring the resilience and determination required to overcome setbacks and achieve sporting excellence on the global stage. As she sets her sights on Paris 2024, expectations soar for another stellar performance from the Indian weightlifting sensation.

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