Commonwealth Games: Indian weightlifter Lalrinnunga Jeremy wins gold medal
Indian weightlifter Lalrinnunga Jeremy won the gold medal in the men's 67kg final at the 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Birmingham. The youngster won the second gold medal for India at the Games total of 300kg (140kg in snatch and 160kg in clean and jerk). Earlier, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won India's first gold medal of the 2022 CWG (women's 49kg final).
Jeremy, who hails from Mizoram, lifted a total of 300kg, a new CWG record in the 67kg category. His scores read 136 and 140 in snatch and 160 in clean and jerk. Notably, the Indian suffered an elbow injury en route to his finish.
JEREMY WINS GOLD 🥇— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) July 31, 2022
19-yr old @raltejeremy wins Gold on his debut at CWG, winning 2nd 🥇 5th 🏅 for 🇮🇳 at @birminghamcg22 🔥
Indomitable Jeremy lifted a total of 300kg (GR) in Men's 67kg Finals🏋♂️ at #B2022
Snatch- 140Kg (GR)
Clean Jerk- 160Kg
CHAMPION 🙇♂️🙇♀️#Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/pCZL9hnibu
India's first gold-medalist of 2022 CWG, Mirabai Chanu managed successful lifts of 84kg of 88kg in the women's 49kg weight category. She created a new CWG record in the women's 49Kg weight category with her second lift. She went for the 90kg mark in the third attempt but failed. In the clean and jerk event, she lifted 109kg and 113kg to win gold.
In 2018, Jeremy scripted history by winning India's maiden gold medal at the Youth Olympics held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Claiming the top honors in men's 62kg category, the teenager (then 15) lifted a total of 274kg (124kg +150kg). Earlier that year, Jeremy claimed a silver (youth) and a bronze (junior) in the Asian Championships, smashing two national records in the process.
Jeremy, who will turn 20 on October 26, has won several laurels for India in weightlifting. His father, Lalneihtluanga, is a former boxer who has seven national-level gold medals, according to N Thangchungnunga, President of Mizoram Weightlifting Association. Jeremy was himself an aspiring boxer before he shifted to weightlifting. He was picked up by Army Sports Institute scouts in 2011.