Indian debutant weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga scripted history on Sunday when he clinched the gold medal in the men’s 67kg event at the Commonwealth Games 2022. The 19-year-old lifted a total of 300kg to secure the top spot on July 31.
Jeremy broke into the limelight for the first time in 2018, when he became the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal at the Youth Olympics, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He made headlines once again on Sunday as he became the second Indian weightlifter to claim a gold medal, after Saikhom Mirabai Chanu. His victory also marked India’s fifth medal at the ongoing edition of the Commonwealth Games, all of which have come from weightlifting.
The teenager athlete began strongly in the men’s 67kg event, as he opened with a 136kg lift in his first attempt. Jeremy went on to register 140 kg in his second attempt but failed to lift 143kg in his third attempt. This meant that his second attempt of 140kg was considered his best at the event.
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The weightlifter began the Clean & Jerk category positively as well, lifting 154kg in the first attempt. He also successfully lifted 160kg in the second attempt, however, pushed the weight down and fell in pain after that. It looked like he had received an injury during the second attempt. He came back for the third attempt soon, looking to lift 165kg, which he could not lift and fell in pain as medical treatment was administered on stage.
However, despite not being able to lift 165kg, he reigned supreme as Samoan athlete Vaipava Nevo Ioane failed to beat his record in his first attempt, winning the silver as the result. Nigerian weightlifter Edidiong Joseph Umoafia claimed the bronze at the event.