Weightlifter Mirabai Qualifies for Olympics

New Delhi: India’s Mirabai Chanu, the 2017 world champion in weightlifting, has qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games in the women’s 49kg category, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced on Friday.

The 26-year-old from Manipur has qualified on the basis of her world ranking points. The Indian lifter is second in the women’s 49kg category with a score of 4133,6172.

China’s Hou Zhihui tops the 49kg category with 4926,4422 points.

According to IWF rules, the top eight lifters in each of the 14 weight categories, including seven in the women’s group, are eligible to participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Besides Mirabai and Hou, there are two more Asian lifters in the top eight in the women’s 49kg.

Indonesia’s Aisa Windi Kentika is fifth and Vietnam’s Vuong Thi Huen is in seventh place. Two European and two Pan American lifters fill the other four slots.

In the men’s 67kg category, India’s teenage weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga is ranked 12th and failed to secure a continental berth for the Tokyo Olympics as it was allotted to Korean weightlifter Han Myeong-mok.

The top eight world-ranked athletes get automatic berths to the Olympics. The IWF had set May 31 as the deadline for securing the world ranking points.

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