The 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games officially known as the III Summer Youth Olympic Games, and commonly known as Buenos Aires 2018, is an international sports, cultural, and educational event being hosted in Buenos Aires, Argentina between 6 and 18 October 2018.
The 15-year-old from Aizwal, Jeremy Lalrinnunga became India’s first gold medallist in the Youth Olympics history when he lifted a total weight of 274 kg to clinch the top spot on the podium in the men’s 62 kg category in Buenos Aires.
The world youth championship silver medallist, is a product of the Army Sports Institute, opened up a 2 kg lead over Turkey’s Cancer Toptas after the snatch category, and started the clean and jerk after all his competitors had finished their three lifts. His first lift of 142 kg was enough to win him the gold but went on to lift 150 kg in his third attempt to end with a 11 kg advantage over silver medallist Toptas. Colombia’s Estiven Jose Villar Manjarres took the bronze medal with a total effort of 260 kg. Jeremy’s personal best until the Buenos Aires lift was of 273 kg (snatch+clean and jerk), which he achieved during an event at NIS Patiala last month.
The Mizo sensation, who will turn 16 on October 26, is being touted as the next big name in Indian weightlifting. Jeremy has been training with the Army Sports Institute for the last two years and making his name known in the youth competitions with some very fine results in national and international events.
Most recently, he won silver medals in the World youth championship in Penang in 2016 and Bangkok in 2017. He also won medals in Asian youth and junior championships, and Commonwealth youth and junior championships before arriving in Argentina for the Youth Olympic Games.
Congratulations to young Jeremy, on India’s first ever gold at Youth Olympics.