CWG 2022: PM Modi congratulates Jeremy Lalrinnunga on winning gold; ‘Our youth power is creating history’

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga for winning the gold medal at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, saying he has made the country proud at a very young age. Nineteen-year-old Jeremy won the second gold medal for India at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games with two new Games record.

PM Modi tweeted, “Our youth power is creating history! Congratulations to Jeremy who won a gold medal in his very first Commonwealth Games and made a great record in the Commonwealth Games. Best wishes to them for future competitions. ,

Youth Olympics 2018 champion Jeremy dominated the men’s 67kg category with two new records lifting a total of 300kg (140kg and 160kg). He beat Samoa’s Waipawa Niewo Eon 293kg (127kg and 166kg) and Nigeria’s Ididiong Joseph Umoafia 290kg (130kg and 160kg) who bagged silver and bronze medals respectively.

19-year-old Jeremy from Aizawl holds the snatch (140 kg) and total weight (300 kg) records for the Games. During this, he also avoided getting injured as he appeared to be in great pain twice during the clean and jerk attempts. Jeremy lifted 140kg in his second attempt at the snatch to create a massive 10kg lead over his nearest rival, Ididiong. He started with an effort of 136kg.

Jeremy tried to lift 143 kg in his last attempt but failed. Jeremy, the winner of the 2021 Commonwealth Championships in clean and jerk, started with a lift of 154kg and lifted 160kg in his second attempt. He could not lift 165 kg in his last attempt.

National level boxer Lalnehatluanga’s son Jeremy had also tried his hand at boxing but switched to weightlifting as it only required strength to succeed, which attracted him to it.

On Saturday, Mirabai Chanu successfully defended her title winning the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as expected with a gold medal in the 49kg category.

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