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Jeremy Lalrinnunga won India’s second gold at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. He created history in weightlifting in the 67 kg weight category. Jeremy brought gold to the country by lifting a total of 300 kg. The 19-year-old from Mizoram lifted 140kg in the snatch round and 160kg in the clean and jerk. He became the first Indian man to win gold in this Commonwealth Games. Before him, Mirabai Chanu had given gold to the country in weightlifting itself. After winning the gold, Jeremy answered questions from reporters at the press conference. During this, Amar Ujala also asked him two questions. Read what Jeremy said after winning the medal…
Jeremy: I started weightlifting in December 2011. Joined Sports Academy in 2012. Trained at Army Institute. Then got a chance to represent India by winning a medal at the national level.
Jeremy: First I’ll talk about my motivation. My father has been my inspiration. He is a boxer. He has won many medals in National. He has struggled a lot. Talking about my favorite athlete, I like Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the final, Jeremy was up against Waipawa Nevo of Samoa. Waipawa lifted 127kg in snatch and 166kg in clean and jerk to win silver medal. In his last attempt, he tried to lift 174 kilograms in the quest to win gold, but failed. At the same time, Ididong of Nigeria won the bronze medal by lifting 130 kg in snatch and 160 kg in clean and jerk. In the press conference, Jeremy said that he could not lift as much weight as he wanted in clean and jerk, but still satisfied with his performance. People had come to see me climb the podium. I felt proud. I want to say thanks to everyone. Jeremy credits his grandfather and grandmother after winning the medal. Regarding this, Jeremy said – Grandparents always pray for me. Hence this medal for him.
Jeremy was seen struggling in the second and third rounds in the clean and jerk rounds. Regarding this, he said that after the first round in clean and jerk, I had a cramp in my thighs. So could not warm up. Jeremy said that he was confident about the gold because he had been training hard for it for a month before and he did not even have any injuries. He said- I had full hope that I would win the gold. My physio also helped me in rehab and training. Because of this I have been successful. Samoa’s weightlifter also spoke to Jeremy during the final. Jeremy told that Samoa’s weightlifter has also given him a gift. Apart from this, he has also made Paris Olympics his target. Jeremy has said that he will definitely try to get a medal in the Paris Olympics. The Indian star weightlifter hasn’t been home for two years, but now after winning a medal, he wants to take a vacation home and spend time with his parents and brother.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also congratulated Jeremy on his victory. He wrote in his tweet – Our youth power is creating history! Congratulations to Jeremy Lalrinnunga, who has won a gold medal in his very first Commonwealth Games and also created an unprecedented Commonwealth Games record. At a young age, he has achieved immense glory and fame. Best wishes to them for their future endeavours. Weightlifting and overall India has won six medals so far. Besides Mirabai Chanu, Achinta and Lalrinnunga gold medals, Bindiyarani Devi won silver, Sanket Sargar silver and Gururaja Pujari won bronze.
Jeremy Lalrinnunga won India’s second gold at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. He created history in weightlifting in the 67 kg weight category. Jeremy brought gold to the country by lifting a total of 300 kg. The 19-year-old from Mizoram lifted 140kg in the snatch round and 160kg in the clean and jerk. He became the first Indian man to win gold in this Commonwealth Games. Before him, Mirabai Chanu had given gold to the country in weightlifting itself.