The reigning Youth Olympic Champion first improved the grip with a successful attempt of 140kg and then lifted 160kg in clean and jerk to bring his total to 300kg, which is a new record at the Games in the men’s competition of 67kg.
A massive 7kg difference to Vaipava Ioane from his closest rival Samoa (127kg + 166kg) summed up the dominance of the 19-year-old, who first made headlines by winning historic gold at the 2018 Youth Olympics.
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Edidiong Umoafia from Nigeria took bronze with an effort of 290 kg (130 kg + 160 kg).
This was India’s fifth medal and the second gold of the weightlifting arena at the National Exhibition Center.
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Watched by her idol Mirabi Chanu, Jeremy dominated the snatch, but stiff competition in clean and jerk made it an exciting contest.
Adding to the anxiety were the cramps he experienced during his straight and jerky movements, pulling on his thigh and hamstring muscles.
“I didn’t know anything about what was going on around me. I was like blind and cried a lot (after the failed attempt),” said Jeremy after winning the gold.
“I never followed the other lifts, it was so painful. Yelling out loud, I asked the coach ‘medal aya ke nahin?’ (Did I get a medal?) Coach sir told me ‘gold hai hamara’ (‘you won the gold) and it calmed my nerves.”
“Coach sir (Vijay Sharma) was great, he managed all the weights and made sure I landed the medal safely. He was very calculating and there were never any doubts.”
“It seems that I am now in a different world and living a dream. It is my first major competition at senior level after the Youth Olympics,” he added.
In the absence of formidable rival Talha Talib from Pakistan, who has been banned for doping, Jeremy barely got a hold of competition. He took a 10kg pillow leading to the clean and jerk.
The Mizoram ‘boy’ started off with a carefree 136kg lift, but broke the Games record lifting 140kg in his second attempt and went back into the tunnel, pounding his chest and smiling broadly.
He then tried 143kg in his bid to improve his best effort to 141kg (Commonwealth Championships Tashkent, December 2021).
However, unable to maintain his balance, he was rated ‘no lift’ to settle for 140kg, which was still a healthy 10kg for his fancied Nigerian rival Edidiong Umoafia, who managed 130kg after two failed attempts.
In the clean and jerk, Jeremy lifted 154kg first and followed with 160kg, which was still six kilograms below his personal best, but good enough for the Olympics record.
He couldn’t lift 165kg and tumbled on the board, but there was still no competition for him even as the Samoan tried to give him some challenge after lifting 166kg on his second attempt.
Ioane tried in vain 174 kg and that sealed India’s second gold.
As the son of national junior champion boxer, Lalneihtluanga, who was born in Aizawl in 2002, sport came naturally to him.
His “first love” of boxing took him through a difficult transition to weightlifting and hasn’t looked back since joining the Army Sports Institute.
“I still box in the ring and love it, but looking at the passion of my fellow friends, I chose weightlifting,” he said.
Jeremy had won silver at the 2016 World Youth Championships in the 56kg weight category and then added silver at the 2017 World Championships one more time and later went on to win bronze at the 2018 Junior Asian Championships.
The real journey is now about to begin for him as he now moves into the Olympic 73kg weight category.
“I now know it’s on a different level. I have a lot to improve on and the hardest thing is to gain weight. If all goes well and I stay injury free, then I should be there for the Paris Olympics,” he said. he. from.
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.