Subodh Malla Barua
NEW DELHI, Oct 6 – The versatile weightlifter Yumnam Renu Bala Chanu made India proud today after lifting 197 kg in women’s 58kg weightlifting. Though she faced some opposition from Australia’s Seen Lee but she triumphed easily. This correspondent met her after winning the gold. Here is some excerpts of the conversation:
AT: What was your reaction after winning the gold?
Renu Bala: Though I feel proud after winning the gold, my initial reaction is Jai Ho. These words inspire me to do better in life.
AT: What is the main factor behind winning the gold?
Renu Bala: Australian counterpart Seen Lee is experienced and is also a Commonwealth record holder in Snatch. So, I started cautiously but depending upon the situation, I mixed aggression and this put me in the golden bracket.
AT: Though you tried to break the Game’s record, why did you fizzle out in the final attempt?
Renu Bala: After snatching the gold before attempting the final attempt, I was a little bit nervous so I could not do it properly and I missed the bus.
AT: Was their any pressure before appearing in the tournament?
Renu Bala: Initially there was some pressure because I am the reigning champion and was also facing the home crowd. So, I was in some sort of pressure but due to hard work and advice from the coach and the federation I overcome it.