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Tokyo 2020: Social Media Goes Gaga After Child Mimics Mirabai Chanu's Silver Medal Winning Act

Mirabai Chanu Saikhom of India in action
© REUTERS / EDGARD GARRIDO

The weightlifter made history on Saturday by becoming India's first silver medal winner in the sport at the Olympics.

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, who became the first Indian weightlifter in 21 years to claim a medal at the Olympics, appears to have inspired a lot of people, including scores of kids; a video of a little girl mimicking her winning moment in Tokyo has gone viral on social media.

After the clip started trending on Twitter, Chanu herself reacted to the child's act, calling it "so cute."

The video of the little girl was posted after Chanu's historic feat was praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India's cricketers, and former and current Olympians. 

Chanu, 26, from India's northeastern state of Manipur, lifted 202 kg to secure silver in the 49kg weightlifting category in Japan.  

On Monday, Chanu was praised by India's Sports Ministry in Delhi upon her return from Tokyo.

She was treated to pizza by the country's former and current sports ministers Kiren Rijiju and Anurag Thakur respectively after touching down in Delhi.

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