After winning four medals on Day 2 of this year’s Commonwealth Games, Indian athletes were looking to add more to that tally. However, the 19-year-old weightlifter, Jeremy Lalrinnunga managed to win a gold medal in the men’s 67kg weightlifting. He also set a new Commonwealth Games record of 300kg overall (140kg snatch and 160kg in clean and jerk).
During the clean and jerk, Jeremy also sustained a massive injury during his first attempt. But, still, he came up with a lion-hearted performance as he bagged a gold medal for India. With this medal, India has now bagged five medals so far (two gold, two silver, and one bronze medal).
Jeremy Lalrinnunga set a Games record in his maiden Commonwealth Games appearance
Speaking about his performance, during the snatch, he set a new snatch Games record with the 140kg lift. However, he overcame some cramps during that lift. After that, in the clean and jerk, he went for 154kg in his first attempt. But, he fell to his knees on the podium, cringing in pain.
After that, in the second attempt, he went for a 160 kg lift. He successfully did that but again, he dealt with some pain by doing that lift. Meanwhile, he came up with a courageous effort when he came out for the third and final attempt. Jeremy attempted for 165kg but suffered a nasty blow to his elbow. Jeremy fell on the podium and he was not able to stand up properly due to pain.
But, he was seen getting emotional as he thought that he lost the chance of winning the gold medal for India. But, Samoa’s Vaipava Nemo failed to overcome his tally of 300 kg as he ended up at 293 kg (127kg snatch and 166kg clean and jerk). Thus, Jeremy’s second attempt was enough for him to win the gold medal in his maiden Commonwealth Games. In 2018, Jeremy represented India in the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics and won the gold medal.