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Jeremy Lalrinnunga is an Indian weightlifter from Mizoram. In 2018, he became the first Indian to win a gold at the Youth Olympics. Jeremy won the medal in the men’s 62 kg category, after lifting a weight of 274 kg, 124 kg in snatch, and 150 kg in jerk. He has also been a champion at the Khelo Games. He won gold in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, in the 67 kg category, with a game record lift of 140 kg in snatch and 160 kg in clean and jerk. He is one of the most promising Indian weightlifters.
About Jeremy Lalrinnunga
|Jeremy Lalneihtluanga Lalrinnunga
|Rank in Military
|20 (26 October 2002)
|5 ft 7 in (1.70m)
|Gold in CWG 2022 (67kg), Gold in Commonwealth Championship 2021 (67kg), Youth Olympic Games 2018 (62kg)
Jeremy Lalrinnunga’s Early Days
Jeremy Larinnunga is the son of a former boxing prodigy Lalneihtluanga. In the early 1990s, Lalneihtluanga was already a national junior champion, with a 6-year winning streak at the senior level in the All-India YMCA Boxing Championship. Everybody expected him to be a star boxer that would represent India in international championships. However, although he could not make it great on the world stage, he encouraged his 5 sons to pursue a career in boxing.
But destiny had something else written for Jeremy. After two years of rigorous hard work and hours of throwing jabs, Jeremy and his father went for the admission trials at the prestigious Army Institute of Sports (AIS), Pune. The trial went just fine, but the coaches saw a weightlifter in Jeremy, not a boxer. His potential was now realized and Jeremey’s journey began in a sport that he knew nothing about.
It was then that Jeremy Lalrinnunga chose weightlifting. Initially, he approached some gym-going men to teach him to weight lift. His joy knew no bounds when he got to know that a weightlifting academy had been built in his city. An exciting Jeremy directly approached coach Malsawma Khiangte to teach him to lift the weight.
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It was in this state academy that Jeremy’s role in weightlifting really took off after his induction in 2011 in Aizawl. The then-8-year-old made substantial progress under the aegis of Malsawma. He learned the basics of weightlifting pretty quickly at the academy. He would practice the techniques taught there with bamboo sticks and water pipes. Using 5 m long 2 cm wide water pipes helped immensely to build a strong foundation, according to Malsawma. Although they were relatively light, the sticks had to be held in a specific manner to balance them, which is a difficult task and needs intense focus.
Training at Army Sports Institute
Eight months into the training and Jeremy was already among three boys that were selected for further training at the Army Sports Institute of Pune. The selection brought happiness to the family, but it also meant that the 9-year-old would have to move away from his home for extended periods.
However, the fact that there were 2 more boys from his state helped Jeremy ease into the new setting. At the ASI, he trained under coach Zarzokima. According to his coach, Jeremy weighed just 28 kg when he joined the institute. Although having to stay away from family was tough, it was going to turn out to be a fruitful decision for the youngster.
In 2016, Jeremy managed to set his first national record after he clinched the gold medal at the sub-junior nationals in Patna. In the competition, he lifted 90 kg in snatch and 108 kg in clean and jerk to achieve the feat. The same year, Jeremy also went on to win a silver medal at the World Youth Weightlifting Championship in Malaysia. He put up a combined effort of 235kg to win the grey metal. He backed it up by winning another silver at the same competition the following year in Bangkok.
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2018 Youth Olympics
Having performed well at the World Youth Weightlifting Championships, Jeremy was selected for the prestigious Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the trials of the competition, Jeremy managed to lift a total weight of 273 kg. That figure again rewrote the national history books and set two youth and junior national records.
Even after his record-breaking effort, he promised his coaches to improve his performance in the event. And Jeremy indeed kept his promise when he put up a combined effort of 274 kg to etch a historic gold at the competition.
He was the first Indian to ever win a gold at the stage, and the only one in the weightlifting department. The epic effort, which came in the form of 124 kg in snatch and 150 kg in Jerk, was just 1 kg short senior national record.
2021 Commonwealth Championship
India’s rising weightlifting star, Jeremy Lalrinnunga, narrowly missed breaking his personal best record, but his remarkable effort of 305kg secured him the gold medal in the men’s 67kg category at the event held in Tashkent. He finished the competition with an impressive lift of 141kg snatch + 164kg clean and jerk in the men’s 67kg event.
2022 Commonwealth Games
Jeremy Lalrinnunga, added to the country’s medal tally with a gold in the men’s 67kg event at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022. Jeremy achieved a total weight of 300 kg, showcasing his strength with a snatch lift of 140 kg and an impressive clean & jerk of 160 kg.
Jeremy Lalrinnunga’s Family
Jeremy was born in the Mizoram’s capital city of Aizawl to Lalneihtluanga and Lalmuanpuii Lalrinnunga. Lalneihtluanga was a renowned boxing prodigy of his time. However, he got married early and the added responsibilities induced his unemployment. As a result, the young father had to hang up his gloves. To support the growing family, he started working in PWD. Jeremy also has four brothers, with whom he shares a close bond.
Achievements of Jeremy Lalrinnunga
|Sub-junior National Championships, Patna
|World Youth Weightlifting Championships, Malaysia
|World Youth Weightlifting Championships, Bangkok
|Khelo India School Games
|Asian Youth and Junior Championship
|Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games
|Tashkent Commonwealth Championships
|Birmingham Commonwealth Games
165kg 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Szo1juXylh
— Jeremy Lalrinnunga (@raltejeremy) May 25, 2023
Lifting three tons over my shoulder wouldn’t have been possible without the strength of my nation backing me. 🏋️♂️
— Jeremy Lalrinnunga (@raltejeremy) July 31, 2022
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