Youth Olympics: Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga earns India’s first gold


Buenos Aires: Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga earned India’s first gold at the Youth Olympics Games 2018 held in Buenos Aires in Argentina in the Men’s 62kg weightlifting category.

The 15-year-old, who is also the world youth silver-medallist, lifted a total of 274 kg (124 kg +150 kg) to finish on the top slot.

The silver medal went to Toptas Caner of Turkey, who lifted 263 kg (122 kg + 141 kg), while Colombia’s Villar Estiven Jose took the bronze with an effort of 260 kg (115 kg + 143 kg).

Earlier this year, Lalrinnunga claimed a silver (youth) and a bronze (junior) in the Asian Championships, smashing two national records in the process.

Notably, India had won three silver medals earlier with Tushar Mane (10m Air Rifle), Tababi Devi (44kg Judo) and Mehuli Ghosh (10m Air Rifle).

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