Mizo weightlifting sensation notched up the country's maiden Youth Olympics gold in the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics yesterday.
Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga claimed India's first gold memento at the Youth Olympics, bagging the topmost credits in the men's 62 kg group in the Argentine capital.
"The only thing on my mind is a gold medal, nothing else will make me happy. I am going to Argentina with a strong belief that I can win gold. I have been lifting some good weights during the training sessions and there's this positive energy around me," 15-year-old weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga had told media during the send-off ceremonial of the Indian contingent for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG), which is currently underway in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The boy from Aizwal, who will turn 16 on October 26th, lifted around 274 kg (124 kg +150 kg) to stay on top in the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics.
Turkey's Toptas Caner bagged the silver medal, who lifted a total of 263 kg (122 kg + 141 kg). The bronze medal went to Colombia's Villar Estiven Jose who lifted 260 kg (115 kg + 143 kg).
Earlier this year, Lalrinnunga bagged a silver (youth) and a bronze (junior) in the Asian Contests, smashing two national records in the course.
The nation has already bagged four honours with Tushar Mane and Mehuli Ghosh pocketing silver each in 10m rifle shooting whilst Thangjam Tababi Devi bagged the country’s first award in judo by landing up second in the 44kg group.
The country pocketed two medals — a silver and a bronze — in the last Youth Olympics during the year 2014 in Nanjing in China.
In the introductory 2010 version in Singapore, the country fetched six silver and a few bronze medals. Whilst Lalrinnunga made India proud, athlete Sneha Soren could not finish on the podium in the women’s 48kg group, signing off fifth.
In swimming, Srihari Nataraj, who contended in the 100m backstroke final in spite of being a reserve, could only achieve a sixth place. In other occasions, Archana Kamath and Manav Thakkar, India’s symbolics in table tennis, won their singles games of the group stage.