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Jeremy Lalrinnunga wins CWG gold: India’s weightlifting prodigy living his dream

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Jeremy Lalrinnunga did what he had always dreamt of— winning gold at the Commonwealth Games. However, it was not an easy event for Jeremy as he initially faced cramps and then suffered a potential elbow injury. However, his efforts didn’t go in vain as the 19-year-old prodigy from Mizoram successfully lifted 300kg (140kg + 160kg) to set a new Commonwealth Games record of 300kg in the class and win India a second gold medal in weightlifting at CWG 2022.

Nigeria’s Edidiong Joseph Umoafia took bronze with an effort of 290kg (130kg+160kg). The 19-year-old from Aizwal wrote the Games snatch (140kg) and overall lift (300kg) record in his name but not before an injury scare. He grimaced twice in pain during the clean and jerk attempts. Jeremy opened up a huge 10kg gap with his nearest rival, Edidiong Joseph Umoafia when he lifted 140kg in a successful second attempt. He had begun with 136kg.

Jeremy further targeted 143kg in his final attempt but did not succeed. In Clean and Jerk, the 2021 Commonwealth Championship winner began with 154kg and followed that up with 160kg, but could not complete the 165kg attempt.

This was India’s fifth medal from the weightlifting arena with Mirabai Chanu (gold), Sanket Sargar (silver), Bidyarani Devi (silver) and Gururaj Poojary (bronze) earning podium finishes on Saturday.

WHO IS JEREMY?

Son of a national-level boxer, Lalneihtluanga, Lalrinnunga also aspired to don the gloves but shifted to weightlifting as it involved just power to excel, something he found fascinating.

Jeremy, who was inducted into the Army Sports Institute in 2012, joined the national camp in 2016. The Mizoram-based man is a 2016 Youth World Championship silver medallist as well as a 2016 Asian Youth Championship silver medallist.

The Mizoram lifter was touted as one for the future in the sport, but while he managed to shatter youth world records, Jeremy’s performance at the senior level has left a lot to be desired.

In 2017, Jeremy won the Youth World Championship silver medal, Commonwealth Junior Championship gold medal, and Commonwealth Youth Championship gold medal. In the following three years, Jeremy continued with his impressive run as he won the 2018 Asian Junior Championship bronze, 2018 Asian Youth Championship silver, 2018 Youth Olympic Games gold, 2019 EGAT Cup International Weightlifting Championship silver, 2019 Asian Youth Championship gold, 2019 Asian Junior Championship silver, 2019 6th Qatar International Cup silver and 2021 Commonwealth Senior Championship gold.

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