Twenty-four hours earlier, another family in the neighbourhood was partying, for a similar feat. N. Kunjarani Devi had once again found her magical touch to pick up three golds in the 48 kg category.
So what makes a tiny state with a small population of 23 lakh a sports powerhouse—producing more than 150 international and over 500 national players in the past 20 years?
This theory is borne out by the fact that all the gold medal-winning Manipuris have jobs outside the state. While Kunjarani and Sanamacha are employed by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), all the women hockey players serve in the Indian Railways.
There are however no jobs at the state level. State sports associations are perpetually short of funds.
Indeed, one significant contribution to the state's rise as a sports powerhouse comes from the local clubs and community network. That and the fierce sense of pride in everything they do makes Manipur's gritty sportspeople a power to reckon with in India's fickle sporting world.