The 19-year-old struggled through painkillers on Sunday and came out with a stellar performance to lift a total of 300kg (140 in snatch and 160 in clean and jerk) to win gold in the men’s 67kg category. NEC Hall 3 in Solihull.
“For a while my phone wallpaper has been a Commonwealth Games gold medal. After winning the Youth Olympics in 2018, it took me a long time to win my first major senior medal due to injuries and other things. So, that means a lot, a lot. An excited Lalrinnunga said after his victory.
Indian weightlifter picked ‘Queen of Indian Weightlifting’ Mirabai Chanu, who won the women’s 49kg gold medal at Birmingham 2022, on Saturday as a special factor behind her success.
“Mirabai didi (elder sister) has been a huge motivator for me. Even before the event, she came up to me and encouraged me to do better. She was in the front row with the Indian flag among the audience, who cheered I was. It was a big deal for me,” Jeremy revealed.
The 27-year-old Chanu, who won a historic silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year, has been a trendsetter for Indian weightlifting and an inspiration to young lifters like Jeremy and her work ethic is something to learn from. lifter.
Lalrinnunga said, “I have a lot to learn from Mirabai didi. Her style of work is wonderful. I look forward to making it to the Olympics and winning medals like her.”
After his victory, Jeremy dedicated his gold medal to his biggest supporters – his grandparents.
“My grandfather and grandmother always prayed for me. My ‘grandfather’ left me before I left for the Youth Olympics and my ‘grandmother’ left me after that and I couldn’t go home both times. I know That before every lift I follow whatever he told me, and that’s why I dedicated my medal to him.”
Jeremy, who missed the Tokyo Olympics due to his prolonged struggle with injury, has revealed that a place in Paris 2024 will be his next target and his focus will now be on the Olympic qualifying tournament.
Before that, however, the young star from Mizoram wants to celebrate his victory with his parents and appreciate everyone’s love and support.
“I haven’t been home for two years. I was either competing, training or recovering from an injury. Now I think I can spend a week celebrating my victories with my parents I can take a break and go home. I am so happy for all the love that I have received from back home. A lot of people came to see me here in the stadium too and I just want to say thank you to everyone ,” Jeremy signed.
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