Hou Zhihui grabbed China’s second gold of the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, setting three new Games records in the process. Competing in the 49kg class, the 24-year-old held off the challenge of Mirabai Chanu, who failed to register a total in Rio de Janeiro five years ago but was one of India’s strongest hopes for a medal this time around. Hou set a new Olympic record in the snatch, twice, first lifting 92kg with her second attempt, and then bettering it with 94kg with her final one. In the clean and jerk, her final lift of 116kg was a new Games best, as was her overall total of 210kg. Her first gold medal helped finally dispel the disappointment of 2016, when a knee injury forced her to miss the Rio Olympics. “I felt very happy when I finally made it,” Hou said. “In one second all the stress disappeared. I prepared for five years so it means a lot to me.” Mirabai pushed her rival all the way, going almost toe-to-toe in the clean and jerk, but it was the 7kg she gave away in the snatch that finally made the difference. Her 87kg and 115kg left her with a total of 202kg for the silver medal. She did become the second athlete from India to claim an Olympic weightlifting medal, after Karanam Malleswari’s bronze in the women’s 69kg at Sydney 2000. But she could not become the second athlete – and first female – from the country to win individual Olympic gold, following Abhinav Bindra’s win in the 10m air rifle at Beijing 2008. Indonesia’s Windy Aisah took bronze with a performance in the clean and jerk that saw her set a new personal best, lifting 110kg. The 19-year-old’s 84kg in the snatch gave a total of 194kg. For a time, it looked as though Jourdan Delacruz would win a medal on her Olympics debut, but the US athlete did not register a total in the clean and jerk, failing to lift 108kg on three attempts. Her 86kg in the snatch had left her third at the halfway stage. Hou’s victory could herald a gold rush for China in the weightlifting, especially with arch-rivals North Korea absent. China, who won the most weightlifting medals in Rio, have sent a full quota of four men and four women to Tokyo, and all are capable of finishing on the top step of the podium.