Commonwealth Games 2022 Gold Medalist – The Road Jeremy Lalrinnunga Has Traveled

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Jeremy Lalrinnunga has become another Commonwealth Gold Medallist for India. He lifted a total of 300 Kilograms weight in order to finish at the top of the victory podium at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

The teen smashed two weightlifting records during his attempts. His Gold Medal has come for the country in the category of 67 Kilograms.

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom, has become a special place in the history of Indian sports as a result of his Gold Medal victory.

The victory has not come so easily for the athlete. He suffered excruciating pain during his effort. However, his coach deserves special credit for the way he prepared Jeremy for the final attempt.

Everyone in the world has seen the way he has finished at the top of the victory podium. However, not many know about the making of this young Commonwealth Games 2022 Gold Medallist of India.

The Making of Jeremy Lalrinnunga

The road he has traveled is similar to the road Saikhom Mirabai Chanu has traveled. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu is also one of the Gold Medal winners for India. Her Gold Medal has come just a day before Jeremy’s history-making moment in Birmingham.

Coming back to the point, this 19-year-old weightlifter belongs to Aizawl, Mizoram. He hails from a family of sports lovers and athletes. For this reason, his passion for the game is part of his personality.

Lalneihtluanga Ralte, his father, was a popular name on the Mizoram Boxing circuit during the 90s era. The family was financially incapable of allowing Jeremy to live his dream. Therefore, he was left with no choice but to work as a contract laborer for the local PWD (Power Works Department).

He wanted to follow the footprints of his father. The success of his father throughout the Mizoram boxing circuit motivated Jeremy to be a boxer. He then decided to make a change. He decided to be a weightlifter.

The youngster has scripted history in the category of 62 Kilograms in 2018. The credit for turning this boxer into a talented weightlifter goes to one of his close friends.

Jeremy then went on to be a part of the Army’s Sports Boys Company where he won multiple medals before announcing his arrival at the international weightlifting circuit.

He entered an international (Age Group) competition. This was merely a start for the star in the making.

He won the National Championship 2020 in Kolkata to seal his spot on the team. The team was selected for the Commonwealth Games 2022 thereafter.

The List of Achievements

The list is not so small. The champion was grounding himself severely while everyone was resting comfortably at home.

He used to practice hard to be the champion he is today. As a result of his hard work, he participated in multiple tournaments and won several medals for the country. The list includes the following:

The young sensation bagged a Silver Medal during the World Youth Champion Ship in 2016. Asian Youth Championship 2016 also took his tally of medal victories to the next level. He finished the tournament with another Silver Medal.

Jeremy Lalrinnunga won another Silver Medal for the country during World Youth Championship in 2017. He finished at the top of the victory podium in Commonwealth Junior Championship before repeating the feat during Commonwealth Youth Championship in the same year.

His tally of medals increased in 2018 with Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Following are the achievements that attracted the eyeballs of national selectors:

  • His Asian Junior Championship Bronze Medal 2018.
  • Silver Medal during the Asian Youth Championship 2018.

These performances boosted his confidence. As a result, this young sensation became a Gold Medalist at Youth Olympic Games.

The year 2019 also proved to be another important milestone in his career. The year started with a Silver Medal for the Indian Weightlifter at EGAT Cup International Weightlifting Championship.

Finally, the moment came when he won his first Gold Medal for the country at the senior-most level in the same year. The golden moment came during the Asian Youth Championship.

Another Silver Medal during Asian Junior Championship increased his tally of medals. Another podium finish at the 6th Qatar International Cup impressed the national selectors even more in 2019.

He exceeded everyone’s expectations with two more Gold Medals for the country at the senior-most level.

The first came during Commonwealth Senior Championship. The second Gold Medal has come during the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 for the country.

His tally of medals is compelling evidence of his weightlifting prowess. All in all, a legend is in the making. Hopefully, this is merely a start for this talented Commonwealth Gold Medallist of India. His list of achievements including his passion for the sport will motivate millions of children to take up the sport.

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