Jeremy Lalrinnunga: The 15-yr-old weightlifter who got India its first gold medal at Youth Olympics

[dropcap]J[/dropcap]eremy Lalrinnuga created history on Monday after winning India’s first gold medal at the Youth Olympics in men’s 62 kg category.

The 15-year-old from Mizoram lifted a total of 274 kg (124 kg+150 kg) to finish at the top at 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games held in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.

While the silver medal was gagged by Turkey’s Topas Caner, who lifted total 263 kg ( 122 kg + 141 kg ), Columbia took the bronze.

Jeremy’s maiden gold also gives hope that India is set to record their best ever performance at Youth Olympics. As the northeast sensation will turn 16 on October 26, India is proud of such a young athlete and hopes to be the next big star in Indian weightlifting.

Earlier this year, Aizawl boy claimed a silver (youth) and a bronze (junior) in the Asian Championships, while breaking two national records.

India has won three silver medals earlier, Tushar Manee opened India’s medal account bagging a silver at 10 m air rifle event, while Tababi Devi Thangjam and Mehuli Ghosh giving a tough tussle clinched silver in 44 kg Judo and 10 m air rifle respectively in the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games.

Indian athletes who debuted medal wins from Olympics

Norman Pritchard was the first Indian athlete (of British origin) to participate in the Olympic Games and was also the first to win an Olympic medal representing an Asian nation. He won two silver medals at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris.

Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav was a wrestler who won a bronze medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, becoming one of the first athletes from India to win a medal in the Olympics.

In 2000, Sydney Olympics, Karnam Malleswari lifted 110 kg in the “snatch” and 130 kg in the “clean and jerk” for a total of 240 kg. She won the bronze medal and became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal.

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, current Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, won the silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics, becoming India’s first ever individual silver medallist at the Olympics.

Abhinav Bindra was the first Indian to win an individual gold at the Olympic Games. He won the 10 meter Air Rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Sushil Kumar Solanki is the only Indian to win two individual Olympic medals. Competing in the 66 kg weight division he won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics — the second wrestling to win a medal at the Olympics — and a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics.