Mirabai Chanu to undergo tests on October 3 to find out extent of thigh injury

Mirabai Chanu ended her Asian Games campaign with a freak injury to her thigh and had to be lifted off the platform

Olympic silver medallist Mirabai Chanu will undergo tests on October 3 to ascertain the extent of the thigh injury that she sustained at the Asian Games. One of India’s biggest medal hopes, the Indian Weightlifter’s campaign in the continental event ended in agony. She finished in the fourth place and also suffered a gruesome injury to her thigh that saw her being lifted off the platform on Saturday.

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According to reports, Chanu, who will fly back to India on Sunday. She will be undergoing tests at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute in Mumbai.

“We have to wait and find out the extent of her injury. She can’t put down her foot as of now. Tomorrow we will have some idea depending on if she is able to walk,” head coach Vijay Sharma told PTI on Saturday.

“We are trying to do all the the tests on Monday but since it’s 2nd October lets see if it is possible. Otherwise it will happen on Tuesday. We have spoken to a reputed doctor in Mumbai and booked appointment for October 4,” he added.

How Mirabai Chanu fared at the Asian Games?

After winning medals at the Olympics, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Asian Championships, an Asian Games medal was the only silverware missing from the 29-year-old’s illustrious trophy cabinet. She even missed the World Championships in September to prepare for the Asian Games.

Competing in the 49kg final, she began with a 83kg lift in the Snatch. However she faltered in her next two lifts, she failed to lift 86kgs. It was a big disappointment as she was aiming to lift 90kg in snatch at the Asian Games.

Mirabai Chanu was feeling some pain in her thigh well before her lifts in the final. After her failure in the snatch, it is said that coach Vijay Sharma had asked her to pull out. “After snatch I asked her to pull out but she insisted on going through. She is mentally very tough and insisted that she’ll mange the lift and stand on the podium,” Sharma said.

In the clean and jerk, she managed to lift 108kgs. She stuggled to lift 117kgs in the second attempt. In the third, she had managed to lift the 117kg bar which rested on her collarbone. But the Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist’s hip gave up and she crumbled on the floor.

Her campaign came to an end as she registered a total lift of 191 kgs. The 2017 World champion finished behind Thailand’s Thanyathon Sukchaoren, who won the bronze medal with a 191 kg lift. Meanwhile, North Korea’s Ri Songgum won the gold medal with a world record lift of 216kgs. Reigning World champion Jiang Huihua of China settled for silver by lifting 213 kgs.

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