Young weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga added a second gold medal to India’s tally on Sunday after shattering two Games records en route to a spectacular victory at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
With a total lift of 300 kg (140 kg + 160 kg), the 2018 Youth Olympic champion topped the men’s 67 kg competition. Vaipava Nevo Ioane of Samoa came in second with a total lift of 293 kg (127 kg + 166 kg).
Edidiong Joseph Umoafia of Nigeria, who was sponsored, won bronze with a lift of 290 kg (130 kg + 160 kg).
The 19-year-old from Aizwal set the Games records for the clean and jerk (300 kg) and snatch (140 kg), but not before he twice grimaced in pain during the lifts.
Jeremy successfully lifted 140 kg on his second attempt, creating a significant 10-kg gap between himself and the closest competitor, Edidiong Joseph Umoafia. He had 136 kilograms to start.
Our Yuva Shakti is creating history! Congratulations to @raltejeremy, who has won a Gold in his very first CWG and has set a phenomenal CWG record as well. At a young age he’s brought immense pride and glory. Best wishes to him for his future endeavours. pic.twitter.com/dUGyItRLCJ
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In his final effort, Jeremy set a new weight goal of 143 kg, however he was unsuccessful.
The victor of the 2021 Commonwealth Championship started with 154 kg, added 160 kg, but was unable to complete the 165 kg effort.
This was India’s sixth medal from the weightlifting competition after podium performances on Saturday by Mirabai Chanu (gold), Sanket Sargar (silver), Bidyarani Devi (silver), and Gururaj Poojary (bronze).
Lalrinnunga, the son of Lalneihtluanga, a national-level boxer, initially wanted to put on the gloves but switched to weightlifting because it required merely power to succeed, which he found fascinating.