Taking lessons from Rio's disappointment, Mirabai Chanu hopes it will be memorable at the Tokyo Olympics.
KOLKATA: S Mirabai Chanu He is known for being a Bollywood fan, one who is especially fond of seeing the protagonists of Salman Khan. However, for the 25-year-old weightlifter, the world of Mumbai reels is now far from his mind and Tokyo is still the real deal in his heart.
One of the main hopes of India's medal at the Olympic Games, Mirabai leaves no stone unturned to achieve what was lost four years ago: an Olympic medal.
Mirabai entered the River games in 2016, breaking Kunjarani Devi's national record in the selection rehearsals and exuding confidence. But he disappointed everyone and had to return empty-handed after not being able to complete any of his lifts in the 48 kg category.
Having learned her lessons from Rio, Mirabai is determined to make peace in Tokyo.
I was disappointed with my performance in Rio de Janeiro four years ago. I learned my lessons and my preparations are in full swing so I can make it memorable in Tokyo now, said the Manipuri lifter on Monday.
I am ready to do my best to win an Olympic medal this time, added the lifter, who is in the city to participate in the current national championships at the Khudiram Anushilan Kendra.
So, his preparations to fulfill the Olympic dream now do not include Salman films, but a regimented life full of special training, working on his squats, diets and concentrations.
Mirabai's mind now focuses solely on the Asian championships, which will be held in Nur-Sultan of Kazakhstan in April, which will be the last classified for Tokyo Olympics .
The Olympic qualification criteria in weightlifting ensures that all athletes compete in six events over a certain period of time with the best four of the six that make the cut. Given his recent performance, Mirabai hopes to seal the place in its current category (49 kg) for the Tokyo Games in Nur-Sultan.
A Commonwealth Games Mirabai, winner, announced his potential disappointment after Rio, when he won the World Weightlifting Championship in the United States two years ago. If that performance still gives him a lot of inspiration, he is also receiving motivation from his mentor and fellow athlete Manipuri, MC Mary Kom .
Mary Kom is my role model. I often talk to her and discuss our games. She is an inspiration not only for Manipur athletes, but for all Indian athletes, Mirabai said.
Indian Weightlifting Federation Secretary General Sahdev Yadav also believed he could be a contender for gold in Tokyo.
Mirabai guarantees us a silver. Our fight will be with China for a gold, Yadav said outside the senior citizens here.
While Chinese duo of Zhihui Hou (211 kg) and Huihua Jiang (212 kg) lead the ranking, the Indian lifter is placed fourth.
We hope that Mirabai reaches its peak at the right time and leads the ranking in Kazakhstan. And believe me, if you achieve that goal, nothing can stop you from winning in Tokyo. Even Chinese challengers can withdraw for fear of loss, Yadav said.