Jeremy Lalrinnunga has all but sealed the gold by lifting 160kg in his second attempt to take his overall weight to 300kg and in the process, set a new CWG RECORD – BREAKING HIS OWN HE HAD SET IN HIS PREVIOUS ATTEMPT.
Indian weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga lifted the 300kg cause to win the 67kg gold medal for India at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Sunday. With this victory, Jeremy created history by winning gold in his very first Commonwealth Games and also made a record for lifting 300 kg. With this medal, India also won its second gold medal.
Although this is not the first time that Jeremy has done such a feat, he also has the distinction of becoming the country’s first youth champion. Jeremy Lalrinnunga won the gold medal of weightlifting at the Youth Olympics at the age of just 15 and he won the Olympic Games honor in the Youth Olympics in the name of Abhinav Bindra.
Has won Gold for India in Youth Olympics
While Abhinav Bindra did this feat in the year 2008, Jeremy had done this feat in 2018. Jeremy, who hails from Mizoram, became a part of any major sports games for the first time after the Youth Olympics and has already created history by winning gold medals for the country in multinational games.
Jeremy surpassed all the contestants by lifting 136 kg in his first attempt and 140 kg in the second attempt. With his second attempt, Jeremy broke the Commonwealth Games record and took the record for lifting the most weight. Jeremy lifted 143 kg in his third attempt but he could not validate it.
Didn’t give up even after getting injured
In the clean and jerk category, Jeremy was supposed to lift 160 kg in his first attempt but he went for 154 kg and could not complete it due to pain. In the second attempt, he lifted 160 kg but even here he was seen groaning in pain. Tried to lift 165 kg in his last attempt but got injured. At the same time, with the failure of the Samoan player in the third attempt, India’s second gold medal was confirmed.
It is worth noting that Jeremy was initially training as a boxer but one day when he saw some of his friends doing weightlifting, he chose it as a career.
In an earlier interview, Jeremy had told that my father has been a boxer, he teaches in our village’s SYS Academy. There I saw my friends taking training in weightlifting and I felt that this is a real power sport and I should do it. After this, in the year 2011, when there were trials of Army Sports Institute, I gave trials there and after getting selected, my weightlifting career started.