After eclipsing their previous performance at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, India furthered their march into the 2018 Youth Olympic Games as athletes continued to make the country proud on Day 2. India won their first gold at this year’s extravaganza, in the lifting event. Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga lifted 150 kg in the last attempt to clinch the topmost podium finish.
He lifted a combined 274 kg. The medal was India’s first ever gold at any Youth Olympic Games. India’s best effort came in the 2010 Games, where they managed to win 6 silver and 2 bronze medals. On the second day itself, they are already ahead of their previous best.
Jeremy Lalrinnunga- Remember the name
Jeremy successfully posted 120 kg and 124 kg attempts in the snatch category and 142 kg and 150 kg in clean & jerk category. As a result, the youngster won the gold for the 274 kg combined weightlifting in jerk. He was competing in the Men’s 62 kg group A finals.
The successful attempt was more than enough to beat Turkey’s Toptas Caner, who lifted a combined 263 kg. He won silver. Lastly, Columbia’s Estiven Jose Manjarres lifted 260 kg to win bronze.
Jeremy Lalrinnunga is a 15-year-old weightlifting champion. He hails from the capital city of Mizoram, Aizawl.
Jeremy has always shown his mettle at various national and international platforms. In 2017, he won gold at the Commonwealth Youth Championships. Later he won a silver medal at the World Youth Championships. Jeremy has also won gold at the Khelo India School Games, where he lifted 251 kg.
In April this year, Jeremy the Mizo boy won a Youth silver and Junior’s bronze medal at the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship at Urgench, Uzbekistan.
Furthermore, India won another medal
Mehuli Ghosh wins another shooting silver for India
Mehuli Ghosh came within touching distance of winning the historic gold at the Buenos Aires Games, before settling for a silver. She was competing in the women’s 10m air rifle shooting event.
The 18-year-old had a brilliant sequence of high and mid-10s, but a 9.1 in the 24th and the final round kept her from winning the top prize. She ended with a total of 248.0.
Stephanie Grundsoee of Denmark edged past Ghosh with a score of 248.7. The silver is India’s second from the sport, thus demonstrating India’s relative success in shooting.
At the end of Day 2, India had won 4 medals (1 gold, 3 silver). India is now placed at the 8th position of the medal table, ahead of traditional powerhouses Australia (#22), United States (#28) and South Korea (#21). Russia leads the table with 11 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze.