Chanu, a silver medallist on the Tokyo Olympics and who competes within the 49kg weight class, has registered an entry weight of 60kg on the World Championships
INDIA’S Mirabai Chanu won’t elevate in any respect at subsequent week’s World Championships, a obligatory qualifying occasion for the 2024 Paris Olympics, as she goals for an elusive Asian Video games medal.
The World Championships are scheduled from subsequent Monday (4) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, whereas the Asian Video games is about to start in Hangzhou, China, on September 23. The brief time between the 2 occasions makes it tough for lifters to handle their weight and peak at each occasions.
India head coach Vijay Sharma stated, “There may be very much less time between the Asian Video games and the World Championships. Since there’s obligatory participation on the World Championships, we have now determined that Mirabai will solely journey to Riyadh and provides the physique weight. She is going to full all of the obligatory protocols like give the dope check, if required. However she won’t elevate any weight. She is simply going there to take part.”
Chanu, a silver medallist on the Tokyo Olympics and who competes within the 49kg weight class, has registered an entry weight of 60kg on the World Championships. Primarily based on that, she was positioned in Group D of the competitors. Lifters who register the best entry weight are positioned in group A, adopted by B and so forth.
Having gained the World Championships in 2017, Chanu would have skipped the occasion – however beneath the 2024 Olympic qualification rule, it’s obligatory for a lifter to compete within the 2023 World Championships and the 2024 World Cup.
Then again, an Asian Video games medal is the one silverware lacking from Chanu’s cupboard . She has insisted she desires to win that elusive prize on this version of the Video games.
Profitable a medal on the Asian Video games will, nonetheless, not be simple as weightlifting powerhouses like China, Korea and Thailand will probably be competing on the occasion.
“We’re aiming to cross the 90kg mark (in snatch) on the Asian Video games. It’s been some time since we have now been making an attempt to recover from that line. We have now been specializing in Mira’s snatch right here in coaching,” Sharma stated.
Whereas Chanu leads the sector in clear and jerk, her snatch performances have been underwhelming. The 2-time Commonwealth Video games gold medallist has a private better of 88kg in snatch and 119kg in clear and jerk, which can be the world document.
5 lifters have lifted 90kg or extra within the snatch part within the present Olympic cycle, whereas the world document stands at 96kg.
On the Asian Championships in Could, the final event the 29-year-old Chanu competed in, the star Indian lifter needed to withdraw from the competitors as a result of a hip damage.
She is at the moment coaching in St Louis, within the US, beneath Dr Aaron Horschig, whom she has been consulting since 2020.
“We have now to remember Mira’s physique as effectively. The possibilities of accidents enhance with age. So we have now to watch out with the workload. At present, her physique is effectively. Small niggles right here and there preserve occurring however nothing critical,” Sharma stated.
Other than this 12 months’s Worlds and 2024 World Cup, a lifter additionally has to take part in three of the next occasions – the 2022 World Championships, the 2023 Continental Championships, the 2023 Grand Prix 1, the 2023 Grand Prix II and the 2024 Continental Championships.
The Worldwide Weightlifting Federation (IWF) will publish the Olympic Qualification Rating (OQR) of every weight class on the finish of the qualification interval. One of the best three performances on the qualifying occasions will probably be taken under consideration for last evaluation.