Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga scripted history by winning India’s maiden gold medal at the Youth Olympics in the Men’s 62 kg weight category.
Having won three silver medals, India won their first gold medal at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina with Jeremy Lalrinnunga lifting 150kg on his last attempt for a combined 274kg. This is India’s first-ever gold medal at the Youth Olympics. In the two editions prior to this, India’s best performance was two medals in the 2014 Youth Olympics at Nanjing, China.
In Men’s 62kg Group A weightlifting, Jeremy posted successful attempts of 120kg and 124kg in snatch and 142kg and 150kg in clean & jerk. With his best successful attempts of 124kg in snatch and 150kg in clean & jerk for a combined 274kg, the 15-year-old won the gold medal. Toptas Caner of Turkey won the silver medal for a combined lift of 263kg and Estiven Jose Manjarres of Colombia won the bronze medal with 260kg.
Jeremy has been training with the Army Sports Institute for the last two years and making his name known in the youth competitions with some very fine results in national and international events.
Most recently, he won silver medals in the World youth championship in Penang in 2016 and Bangkok in 2017. He also won medals in Asian youth and junior championships, and Commonwealth youth and junior championships before arriving in Argentina for the Youth Olympic Games.
India had won three silver medals earlier with Tushar Mane (10m Air Rifle), Tababi Devi (44kg Judo) and Mehuli Ghosh (10m Air Rifle).
India is represented by 46 athletes – their largest contingent – at the third Youth Olympic Games across 13 disciplines.