The 21st Commonwealth Games began on Thursday and it was widely believed that Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, the 23-year-old weightlifter from Manipur, was India's best hope of a gold medal on the opening day.
Mirabai, the 2017 World Champion, was looking forward to upgrading her silver at the 2014 Glasgow edition to a gold. On Thursday, every single time Mirabai lifted the weights in both the snatch category and clean and jerk, she broke a CWG record.
Mirabai was so dominant on Thursday en route to winning the first gold for India at CWG 2018 that her cumulative weight lifted was 26 kgs more than the silver medallist.
Earlier in the day, in men's weightlifting (56 kg), P Gururaja opened the account for India at the Gold Coast event by winning a silver medal.
With weightlifters bringing India glory on the opening day of the Commonwealth Games, here's how Twitter reacted to the strong start:
Mary Kom, who is also part of the Indian contingent at the CWG. was among the first ones to wish Mirabai
— Mary Kom (@MangteC) April 5, 2018
National political parties like Congress extended wishes for the record-breaking efforts of Mirabai
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag praised women power while congratulating the gold medallist
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 5, 2018
Union minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu wished Mirabai for winning India's first gold at CWG 2018
Indian cricketer Suresh Raina wished both Gururaja and Mirabai for giving India a winning start at the Gold Coast event
Woke up to the news of winning its first medal at #GC2018 ! Excellent work by #Gururaja. Congratulations, #MirabaiChanu for giving India it's first gold medal in #GC2018. I am sure this is just the beginning for many more to come. My best wishes to everyone participating. pic.twitter.com/Ac0XWlI4GZ
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) April 5, 2018
Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty wished Gururaja on his achievement
Our first silver lining in the @GC2018 URUDAREG mala namaskara and Congratulations P Gururaja ... so so proud !! #GC2018 #GC2018weightlifting #Gururaja #Medal pic.twitter.com/BXSLtVlNB4 — Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) April 5, 2018
Indian cricketer Karun Nair wished Gururaja and all the other Indian athletes who were participating at the CWG 2018
One Medal in the bag already. Congratulations #GuruRaja on getting the Indian Contingent off the mark in this #Commonwealth2018 with the Silver. My best wishes to all Indian the Athletes at @GC2018 Way to go
— Karun Nair (@karun126) April 5, 2018