The weightlifting sport’s medal storm continued for India at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, when Jeremy Lalrinnunga won gold in the men’s 67kg category. This is India’s second gold medal of the campaign after ace lifter Mirabai Chanu kept her promise and delivered gold on Saturday. Jeremy set a new Commonwealth Games record in the snatch event by picking up 140kg.
He lifted a total of 160 kg in the clean and jerk segment to finish with a total of 300 kg, which is also a new CWG record.
Jeremy looked injured at the end of his last 165kg attempt, which he failed to complete, with the Indian coaches working closely with him. However, the youngster looked cheerful as the yellow metal was presented to him on stage with the Indian national anthem playing in the background.
The 19-year-old, from Aizawl in Mizoram, had won gold in the 62kg event at the 2018 Youth Olympics and also won gold in the 67kg category at the Commonwealth Championships last year.
Experienced lifter Vaipava Ioane from Samoa took the silver with a combined weight of 293kg, while Edidiong Umoafia from Nigeria took the bronze with 290kg.
Jeremy hit a huge 10kg gap with closest rival Edidiong Joseph Umoafia when he lifted 140kg in a successful second attempt. He had started with 136 kg.
Jeremy further aimed for 143 kg in his last attempt, but failed.
In Clean and Jerk, the 2021 Commonwealth Championship winner started with 154kg and then 160kg, but was unable to complete the 165kg attempt.
This was India’s fifth medal in the weightlifting arena with Mirabai Chanu (gold), Sanket Sargar (silver), Bidyarani Devi (silver) and Gururaj Poojary (bronze) finishing on the podium on Saturday.
The son of a national-level boxer Lalneihtluanga, Lalrinnunga also aspired to don the gloves, but switched to weightlifting because it only involved strength to excel, something he found fascinating.
(with PTI inputs)
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