In the year 2000, the remarkable rise of Indian women's weightlifters began in Sydney, Australia.
At the 2000 Australian Summer Olympics, Karnam Malleswari won a bronze medal in the Women's 69kg event after lifting an incredible 240kg. She is the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal in weightlifting.
Mirabai Chanu was the only female Indian weightlifter to win an Olympic medal until she won silver in the Tokyo Olympics.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu was the lone female Indian weightlifter on the 2016 Indian Olympic Team. She earned a silver medal in the Women's-48kg event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Chanu, on the other hand, failed to make an impression in the Rio Olympics due to her inability to finish the event.
She became an inspiration to many after winning India's first Olympic medal in Tokyo. She is one of India's most accomplished weightlifters.
Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham
Sanjita Chanu, a Manipur native, won gold by a hair over Mirabai. She was India's sole female weightlifter to win a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Augustina Nwaokolo's existing Commonwealth Games record of 173kg is only 2kg behind her.
Despite coming third in the Women's-53kg category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Santoshi Matsa was awarded a silver medal. This is due to the fact that Nigeria's gold medalist, Chika Amalaha, was disqualified for failing a drug test.
Swati Singh, an Indian women weightlifter, has benefited from Chika Amalaha's disqualification from the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The 29-year-old from Uttar Pradesh came in fourth place in the first round, almost missing out on a medal. After Amalaha was removed from the standings, Swati Singh rose to third place and won a bronze medal in the women's 53 kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
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