India’s world report holder weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on Thursday revealed that she was “completely broken” after the failure on the 2016 Rio Olympics and speaking to a psychologist helped her get again on observe. Chanu had a disappointing outing on the 2016 Rio Games. She had didn’t report a authorized elevate in any of her three makes an attempt in clear and jerk and thus couldn’t get an general complete within the ladies’s 48kg. Talking at a digital media interplay, facilitated by the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Chanu emphasised on the necessity for the athletes to have entry to psychologists.
“Players need psychologist a lot. Sometimes we feel really dull, we don’t feel like training or if we get injured during training, we feel low. At that time a psychologist helps a lot. They motivate us,” Chanu mentioned.
“After I failed in the Rio Olympics I was completely broken. I had aspirations of winning a medal but I was not able to do so. So, I kept thinking ‘after working so hard why did I fail’,” she added.
The 26-year-old 2017 World Championships gold medallist mentioned she was in a position to come again to her regular self after consulting a psychologist.
“There were a lot of questions in my mind. Then I spoke to the psychologist at SAI. They told me it was my first Olympics so there was more pressure, expectations were really high and these were all the things that I had been feeling,” she mentioned.
“I spoke to them about what I can do. After that slowly I was able to get back and do well,” Chanu added.
The diminutive Manipuri has made a robust comeback since then, successful the gold on the 2017 World Championships and 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Earlier this month, she bagged a bronze medal at the Asian Championships whereas smashing the clear and jerk world report within the 49kg class. She mentioned she has developed as a weightlifter for the reason that final Olympics, altering and tweaking methods.
“There has been change in training after Rio Olympics. We have worked on all my weaknesses and tried to perfect them. I used to be weak in clean and jerk but I have worked on it,” mentioned Chanu, who lifted 119kg in clear and jerk to set a brand new world mark.
With lower than three months to go for the Tokyo Games, Chanu needs to coach within the USA. She was there final yr to work with former weightlifter-turned-physical therapist and power and conditioning coach Dr. Aaron Horschig, a stint that has benefited her immensely.
“My plan is to go to US because my shoulder feels uncomfortable at times. I have requested the TOPS and federation. It hasn’t been confirmed because of COVID-19 right now,” she mentioned.
“I have seen a lot of improvement after working with him. He makes me do a lot of rehabilitation exercises, not just for my shoulder and back issues. It helped me focus on various movements,” she defined.
One of the key explanation why Chanu is eager to return to the US is to work on her shoulder problem which has been hampering her snatch.
“My shoulder gets tight sometimes and that hinders my snatch. Something is lacking in my snatch technique, that’s why I’m not that great. I am working on that to bring it at par with my clean and jerk,” Chanu concluded.
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