Promising lifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga created history after becoming the first ever “Youth Olympic Champion” from India in the whole Youth Olympics Games history in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.
Lalrinnunga, participating in men’s 62kg weightlifting event lifted a total of massive 274kg (124 in Snatch and 150kg in Clean & Jerk) to win the first ever gold medal for India in Youth Olympic Games.
In the trials, he lifted a total of 273 kg and created two youth and junior national records in snatch (126kg), and this time he has gone a step ahead to record a massive 274kg in the Argentine capital.
Moreover, his attempt of 274 kg would have assured him a 4th place in Commonwealth Games 2018 and a 11th spot in Rio Olympics 2016 and the wonder kid is only 15!
Toptas Caner from Turkey took the silver medal with the lift of 263kg (Snatch -122kg, C&J – 141) while bronze medal went to Colombia’s Estiven Jose who grabbed a total of 260kg (Snatch- 115kg, C&J – 145kg).
For the last two years, the Mizoram boy, who was spotted by the Army Sports Institute, has been ruling the youth competitions and has produced some excellent results in international events.
He won silver medals in the World youth championship in Penang in 2016 and Bangkok in 2017, and bagged some more medals in Asian youth and junior championships, and Commonwealth youth and junior championships, which really shows the potential of Jeremy, who will turn 16 later this month.
India has already won 4 medals in Youth Olympic Games 2018 (1 Gold, 3 Silver), making it the best YOG in history of the nation.
Still, many more events are lined up for the Indian contingent and we can hope for plenty of medals in other competitions too.
In shooting, Manu Bhaker will be India’s next best bet for the gold medal in women’s 10m air pistol event.