Birmingham: Young weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga broke two Games records en route to a sensational gold medal win at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games when he added a second yellow metal to India’s tally on Sunday.
The 2018 Youth Olympic Champion dominated the 67kg men’s competition with a total lift of 300kg (140kg + 160kg), finishing ahead of Samoa’s Vaipava Nevo Ioane, who covered a total of 293kg (127kg + 166kg).
Edidiong Joseph Umoafia from Nigeria took bronze with an effort of 290 kg (130 kg + 160 kg).
The 19-year-old from Aizawl broke the Games record (140kg) and overall lift (300kg) but not before fearing injury, as he grinned twice in pain during the clean and jerk attempts.
Jeremy hit a huge 10kg gap with closest rival Edidiong Joseph Umoafia when he lifted 140kg in a successful second attempt. He had started with 136 kg.
Jeremy further aimed for 143 kg in his last attempt, but failed.
In Clean and Jerk, the 2021 Commonwealth Championship winner started with 154kg and then 160kg, but was unable to complete the 165kg attempt.
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.
The son of a national-level boxer Lalneihtluanga, Lalrinnunga also aspired to don the gloves, but switched to weightlifting because it only involved strength to excel, something he found fascinating.
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