Jeremy Lalrinnunga leads Maharashtra medal sweep in weightlifting
World Youth Championship silver medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga, the Mizo lad who is representing Maharashtra, set the benchmark in the weightlifting hall at the Khelo India School Games on the second day of the competition, taking gold medal to lead his State to a medal sweep of the boys’ 62kg category today.
Jeremy Lalrinnunga, who also won a gold at the Commonwealth Youth Championships last year, beat silver medallist Jacob Vanlaltluanga,,his friend who offered him the only real competition.
Competing in a higher 62kg class since he is preparing for greater challenges in April, Jeremy Lalrinnunga lifted 115kg in snatch and 136kg in clean & jerk to total 251kg. Jacob Vanlaltluanga managed a total of 247kg in the two-way race, both failing in their last clean & jerk attempts.
Abhishek Nipane picked up the bronze medal in another impressive display on the platform.
Much like the boys’ 56kg event yesterday, both Jeremy and Jacob were representing Maharashtra as they are from the Army Sports Institute in Pune, but have grown up together in Aizawl, the capital city of Mizoram. Jeremy is the son of a PWD worker while Jacob’s father is a teacher in Aizawl.
Despite lifting a heroic combined weight here, Jeremy was unhappy with his effort after he failed to lift 140kg in his last attempt. “I wanted to lift more because I was testing myself,” said the winner. He revealed that was not planning to take part in the competition with his eyes set on the National Youth Championships set to take place later this month.
In the girls’ 53kg class that took place earlier today, Lamabam Nilam Devi upset Ananya Patil, who won the Youth gold medal at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship in Gold Coast, Australia in September 2017.
Boys 62kg class: 1. Jeremy Lalrinnunga (Maharashtra) 115kg snatch, 136kg clean & jerk, 251kg total; 2. Jacob Vanlaltluanga (Maharashtra) 111kg, 136kg, 247kg, ;3. Abhishek Nipane (Maharashtra) 100kg, 122kg, 222kg.
Girls 53kg class: 1. Lamabam Nilam Devi (Manipur) 69kg, 90kg, 159kg; 2. Ananya Patil (Maharashtra) 69kg, 80kg, 149kg; 3. Dhanashri Pawar (Maharashtra) 66kg, 81kg, 147kg.