CWG 2022: Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga lifted a total of 160kg in the clean and jerk segment to finish with a grand total of 300kg, which is also a new CWG record.
The race for medals in the sport of powerlifting continued for India at the 2022 Commonwealth Games when Jeremy Lalrinnunga won a gold medal in the men’s 67kg category. This is India’s second gold medal of the campaign after star lifter Mirabai Chanu made good on her promise and claimed a gold on Saturday. Jeremy created a new Commonwealth Games record in the snatch event, lifting 140kg.
He lifted a total of 160kg in the clean and jerk segment to finish with a total of 300kg, which is also a new CWG record.
Jeremy looked injured at the end of his final 165kg attempt, which he was unable to complete, with the Indian coaches working closely with him. However, the youngster seemed in good spirits as he was presented with the yellow metal on the podium as the Indian national anthem played in the background.
The 19-year-old, from Aizawl in Mizoram, won gold in the 62kg event at the 2018 Youth Olympics and also won gold in the 67kg category at the Commonwealth Championships last year.
Samoan veteran lifter Vaipava Ioane won silver with a combined lift of 293kg, while Nigeria’s Edidong Umoafia took bronze with 290kg.
Jeremy opened a whopping 10kg gap on his closest rival, Edidong Joseph Umoafia, when he lifted 140kg on a second successful attempt. He had started with 136 kg.
Jeremy also targeted 143kg on his final attempt but was unsuccessful.
In Clean and Jerk, the 2021 Commonwealth Championship winner started at 154kg and followed up at 160kg, but was unable to complete the 165kg attempt.
This was India’s fifth medal in the weightlifting arena with Mirabai Chanu (gold), Sanket Sargar (silver), Bidyarani Devi (silver) and Gururaj Poojary (bronze) scoring podiums on Saturday.
Son of a national-level boxer Lalneihtluanga, Lalrinnunga also aspired to don the gloves but shifted to weightlifting as it involved just power to excel, something he found fascinating.
CWG 2022 Live Day 3: Boxing world champion Nikhat Zareen’s round of 16 bout is underway while weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga has won India’s second gold medal in Birmingham, breaking a couple of Games records in the process.
Men’s 67kg Snatch updates
Jeremy Lalrinnunga: Weightlifting Men’s 67kg Highlights & Updates
⦿ Ioane is going for the gold with a 174kg attempt.
⦿ Ioane powers to a 166kg lift in his second attempt. He needs to raise the bar to 174kg to win the gold medal.
⦿ Jeremy Lalrinnunga goes down during his 165kg attempt and has hurt his elbow as he trips over. A 300kg total should hold him for the gold with the Samoan Ioane requiring a 174kg clean and jerk to snatch the lead.
⦿ Samoa’s Ioane clears 163kg in his first clean and jerk attempt.
⦿ Nigeria’s Umoafia lifts 160kg in his final attempt and totals 290kg to remain second.
⦿ Jeremy Lalrinnunga attempts 160kg and he powers through it with a sensational effort! A 300kg total!
⦿ Nigeria’s Umoafia gets two reds in his 160kg attempt. Lalrinnunga still in the lead.
⦿ Jeremy Lalrinnunga is here. He soars ahead with a 154kg, but hold on . Seems like he has pulled a muscle after his successful attempt, but leads by a 14kg ahead of the Nigerian.
⦿ England’s Shegill attempts 150kg in his last attempt but fails to finish. He totals 260kg, second and 20kg behind Umoafia.
⦿ Nigeria’s Umoafia attempts 150kg and clears it in his first attempt!
⦿ England’s Shergill powers himself to a 146kg lift!
⦿ Kiribati’s Ruben Katoatau squeezes through a 144kg lift to stand second.
⦿ Sri Lanka’s Jayasooriya powers to the lead with a successful 140kg lift. He fails to clear his 144kg attempt and totals 259kg.
⦿ Marc Coret fails to lift 140kg in his second attempt. Fails once again on the third attempt as well.
⦿ Kiribati’s Ruben Katoatau breezes through a 140kg lift.
⦿ Nauru’s Ditto Ika clears his 140kg attempt.
⦿ Sri Lanka’s Jayasooriya is going for 140kg and fails to complete his lift.
⦿ England’s Jaswant Shergill attempts 140kg and clears it in his first attempt.
⦿ Mauritiu’s Coret gets three green lights for his first attempt at 136kg.
⦿ Kiribati’s Ruben Katoatou has another clinical start with a 136kg lift.
⦿ Kester fails to lift 135kg in his last attempt and finishes with a total of 237.
⦿ Nauru’s Ditto Ika lifts 135kg in his first attempt.
⦿ Singapore’s Kester Loy clears his first attempt at 128kg. He fails to lift his tally to 134kg with a flawed second attempt.