There’s a fine line between victory and hard work, and that is ‘persistence.’ Mizoram boy, Jeremy Lalrinnunga is a perfect example of this persistence.
Jeremy Lalrinnunga scripted history by bagging India’s maiden gold medal at the Youth Olympics held at Buenos Aires, Argentina. And he has just begun his journey!
The 15-year-old Jeremy with a mind-blowing combined lift of 274 kg clinched the yellow metal for India in the men’s 62 kg weightlifting competition. Posting clear of 124 kg in a snatch and 150 kg in the clean and jerk he finished as the winner of the event. The Mizo sensation is hailed as the future of Indian weightlifting.
India has already created the best ever medal tally at the Youth Olympics with three silver to the credit and Jeremy Lalrinnunga’s gold added an extra charm to the victory.
India’s only Youth Olympics gold medalist, Jeremy Lalrinnunga began his journey from Aizwal, Mizoram at the tender age of six and boxing was his first sport-inspired from his father a national level boxer.
He made a transition to weightlifting in 2011, under the Aizwal-based coach, Malsawma Khiangte who had trained some best national-level players. Army Sports Institute (ASI) later provided the ground to train and groom him as an Olympic level champion.
Earlier this year, Jeremy Lalrinnunga claimed a silver (youth) and bronze (junior) in the Asian Championship, breaking two national records on the process.