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Chris Hemsworth lauds Mirabai Chanu, calls her legend


Mirabai Chanu went on a record-smashing spree, claiming four of them in a power-packed performance, to bag India's first gold medal at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Olympic silver medallist smashed the Commonwealth and Games record in snatch, ending with a total lift of 201kg (88kg 113kg) at the showpiece event.

Chanu, 27, added a third Games medal to her kitty, having won silver and gold in the Glasgow and Gold Coast editions respectively. Twitter went into overdrive to laud the success of Chanu and one of her admirers was Chris Hemsworth, who lauded the Indian "legend" but with a Thor twist.

"Time for Thor to give up his hammer," wrote a fan tagging Hemsworth in his tweet marking Chanu's incredible performance at the Games. "She is worthy! Congrats, Saikhom, you legend," Hemsworth responded.

"Lifting 201kg never felt easy but thanks to the love and wishes of billions back home, every challenge is just an attempt away," Chanu had tweeted after bagging gold.

The entire country burst into celebrations following Chanu's success in Birmingham. Her native place in Imphal had people celebrating her medal with folk dance.

Her mother Tombi Devi said she could not sleep on the night before the competition and was only praying for her win. "I am so proud of her. We stayed up late last night to see her event. Now, her sisters, relatives and the neighbours are celebrating with the tricolour, and some indulging in the traditional Thabal Chongba dance."

Chanu has been an inspiration for most of her counterparts including Pakistan weightlifter Nooh Dastagir Butt, who secured the first gold medal for his country in Birmingham.

“We look up to Mirabai for inspiration. She has shown us that, we from South Asian countries can also win an Olympic medal. We became so proud of her when she won the silver at the Tokyo Olympics,” Butt said after his record-breaking show in the men's 109+kg finals.

(Except for the headline and the pictorial description, this story has not been edited by THE DEN staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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