Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu: Indian Queen of Weightlifting

Khumukchan Sanjita Chanu is an Indian weightlifter who was born on 2nd January 1994 in Kakching District, Manipur. She picked up weightlifting as a sport in the year 2006 when she was around 12 years old. She considers Kunjarani Devi as her idol. This powerful player dedicated her life to the sport and worked hard every day. With this, she started succeeding at the national level which gave her a chance to perform at the internationals.

Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu


Chanu first appeared at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, where she glorified India with a Gold Medal. She lifted a weight of total 173kg combining both Snatch and Clean & Jerk. Chanu missed the Commonwealth Games record just by 2 kgs. However, with her 77kg lift at the Snatch event, she equaled the Snatch record at the Games.

In the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, she shifted to a higher weight category but the result remained the same; she won her second Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games.


Chanu lifted a total weight of 192 kg in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. She improved her previous record in Snatch and lifted 84kg. In the Clean and Jerk segment she lifted a weight of 108 kg and this gave Chanu her second consecutive Gold Medal at the games.

On 30th May, a drastic event in her life took place when IWF suspended her for an adverse analytical finding of Testosterone in her body.

Sanjita Chanu with Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games


But later on, IWF admits that they have mistaken in Chanu’s doping case and cleared her.

Chanu has her eyes set on the future competitions which includes the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and she is keen to complete her hat trick at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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