Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga Bags India's 1st Ever Gold Medal At Youth Olympics

| October 9 , 2018 , 13:03 IST

Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga fetched India it's 1st-ever gold medal at Youth Olympics, after grabbing the top honours in the men's 62kg category in Buenos Aires, on Tuesday.

The 15-year-old from Aizwal, who is also a world youth silver-medallist, lifted a total of 274kg (124kg + 150kg) to finish on top in the Argentine capital on Monday night. Turkey's Toptas Caner bagged silver medal who lifted 263kg (122kg + 141kg), while Colombia's Villar Estiven Jose took the bronze with an effort of 260kg (115kg + 143kg).

The Mizo sensation, who will turn 16 on October 26, is being touted as the next big thing in Indian weightlifting. Earlier in the year, Lalrinnunga claimed a silver (youth) and a bronze (junior) in the Asian Championships, smashing two national records in the process.

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India has already managed to win four medals with Tushar Mane and Mehuli Ghosh claiming a silver medal each in 10m rifle shooting while Thangjam Tababi Devi won India's first medal in judo by finishing second in the 44kg category.

It is learnt that India won just two medals in the form of a silver and a bronze in the last Youth Olympics in 2014 in Nanjing in China. In the inaugural 2010 edition in Singapore, the nation fetched six silver and a couple of bronze medals.