- Jeremy Lalrinnunga said that he has his eyes set on preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
- The 17-year-old weightlifter recently broke 27 records in total.
- His father has also raised hopes that his son will participate at the global extravaganza.
“Presently, I am preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” Jeremy was quoted as saying by ANI.
The Mizoram weightlifter has been making the headlines with his performances of late. He recently broke 27 records in total after bagging a silver in the men’s 67 kg weightlifting category at the 6th International Qatar Cup. Jeremy lifted an overall weight of 306 kg.
The pride of North East has also won gold medals at both the editions of the Khelo Games.
Khelo India talent & India’s 1st ever gold medalist at the 2018 Youth Olympics, weightlifter @raltejeremy feels that not only is #KheloIndia a good opportunity for youngsters but it also feels like an int’l tournament. He recently broke 27 records.
— Khelo India (@kheloindia) December 29, 2019
“I started weightlifting in the year 2012. Before that, I used to play boxing as my father is a boxing champion. In the year 2012, I used to undergo training in an academy in our village but in January, the same year, I gave my first trial at Army Sports Institute in Pune and continued my training,” Jeremy said.
The weightlifting prodigy also clinched a silver, the first for India, at the EGAT’s Cup International Weightlifting Championships in Thailand.
Presently, Aizawl-based weightlifter is eyeing a berth at the Tokyo Olympic 2020.
“In 2016, I played at the national level. After that, I went to NIS, Patiala, for training. I am still continuing in the Indian camp. In India, I am at first position in my category and a first record holder at the Youth World and Youth Asia championships,” Jeremy said.
Jeremy is currently undergoing a rigorous training routine at Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala.
Lalit Lunga, Jeremy’s father, is unsurprisingly a proud father with the son bringing in the fame.
“We stay in a government complex. Earlier he used to play boxing but started weightlifting in 2012. He always used to say to us that weightlifting is his goal and that he will achieve it big. We as a family always support him as much as we can. He is undergoing training in Patiala. We hope that he gets to play in the Tokyo Olympic,” he said.