Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga (15) won India’s maiden gold medal at 2018 Youth Olympic Games being held in Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina.
Jeremy Lalrinnunga won the medal in the men’s 62 kg category by lifting total of 274 kg (124 kg +150 kg) weight to finish on top. The silver medal was won by Turkey’s Toptas Caner, who lifted 263 kg (122 kg + 141 kg) and bronze medal to Colombia’s Villar Estiven Jose who lifted 260 kg (115 kg + 143 kg)
Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga was born on 26 October 2002 in Aizwal, Mizoram. He had started weightlifting at the age of 10. He had started his training with Indian Army at Army Sports Institute in Pune, Maharashtra.
In 2018, Jeremy Lalrinnunga broke two National Records claiming Bronze medal (Junior) and Silver medal (Youth) in Asian Championships.
Earlier, in 2017: Gold (Commonwealth Youth Championships Gold Coast) also in 2017, he won Gold in Commonwealth Junior Championship Gold Coast and in 2016, he won Silver in IWF Youth World Championships Penang.
Till now, this was India’s fourth medal in Summer Youth Olympic Games, which include three silver medals earlier won by Tushar Mane (10m Air Rifle), Tababi Devi (44kg Judo) and Mehuli Ghosh (10m Air Rifle).