Mirabai opened India’s account at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday with her silver medal win in the 49kg weightlifting category. Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma praises Mirabai for her success through her Instagram story. She also became a fan of the earrings Mirabai Chanu was wearing on the day of her match. Especially behind the story of the earrings.
Taking to her Instagram stories Anushka Sharma posted Mirabai Chanu’s winning news on Wednesday to call her a ‘beauty’ and even made a special mention of her earrings. She captioned it as “This is (with purple heart emoji).
Mirabai Chanu’s earrings were a gift from her mother who sold her own jewellery for them five years ago. She hoped that the earrings would bring her “good luck”. It didn’t happen in the Rio 2016 Games but Mirabai made the little sacrifice count in Tokyo. While talking to PTI from her Manipur home, Leima said, “I saw the earrings on TV, I gave them to her in 2016 before the (Rio) Olympics. I have made it for her from the gold pieces and savings I have so that it brings luck and success”. “I was in tears seeing it and also during the moment she won the medal. Her father (Saikhom Kriti Meitei) was also in tears. Tears of joy. All her hard work has led to the success.”
The 26-year-old Mirabai Chanu lifted a total of 202kg (87kg 115kg) to beat Karnam Malleswari’s bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.