The boy from Aizawl had a total lift of 274 kg (124+150) to finish at first place in the 64 kg men's event in the Argentine capital in the ongoing Youth Olympics 2018
Buenos Aires: India's Jeremy Lalrinnunga created history by becoming the nation's first-ever gold medallist at the Youth Olympics as he bagged the top honours in men's weightlifting here on Monday night.
Jeremy presented himself a memorable birthday gift well in advance as he is set to turn 16 on October 26.
The boy from Aizawl had a total lift of 274 kg (124+150) to finish at first place in the 64 kg men's event in the Argentine capital in the ongoing Youth Olympics 2018.
In the history of Youth Games, no Indian had won gold and Jeremy has done the nation proud now.
Gold Morning India!! 🥇🇮🇳— Team India (@ioaindia) October 9, 2018
Jeremy Lalrinnunga becomes the first ever Gold Medallist for #TeamIndia at the @youtholympics Games #BuenosAires2018 as he successfully lifts a combined weight of 274kgs in his #Weightlifting Men's 62kg Group A event! World, take a bow!#IAmTeamIndia 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/dOCSNeMJdP
Turkey's Toptas Caner took silver while Villar Estiven of Colombia bagged the bronze medal. Caner had a total lift of 263 kg while Estiven's effort was 260 kg.
In snatch, Jeremy started off with 120 kg and then failed to lift 124 kg but in the third attempt he was successful. In clean and jerk, his best was 150 kg, coming in the third try.
Previously, Jeremy had won silver at the World Youth Championships.
Historic GOLD for Jeremy!— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) October 9, 2018
In a superb show of strength by our 15 year-old weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga wins a GOLD Medal in the Men’s 62 kg category at @buenosaires2018. CONGRATS young man, on India’s 1st EVER Gold at #YouthOlympics. #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/ASrBpQO7Et
Youth Olympics is for the athletes aged between 15 and 18. Over 4,000 participants from more than 200 countries are in Argentina. India has sent its biggest-ever contingent of 46 athletes for 13 disciplines.
On Sunday, India won two medals, both silver, on the opening day of Youth Olympics. Tushar Mane opened the nation’s account in shooting, and Tababi Devi Thangjam secured the second position in judo.
In the last edition, the nation won two medals (silver and bronze) in Nanjing, China.
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Last Updated Oct 9, 2018, 12:44 PM IST