- NET Web Desk
The gold-medalist – Naib Subedar Jeremy Lalrinnunga have received a rousing welcome on his arrival at Mizoram’s Lengpui Airport this afternoon.
The 19-years-old, who hails from Aizawl has clinched the historic Gold medal at the ongoing ‘Commonwealth Games 2022’ in men’s 67 kilogram category. Jeremy smashed two Commonwealth Games (CWG) records by lifting a total of 300 kilograms with 140 kilograms in snatch and 160 kilograms in clean and jerk.
Its worthy to note that Lalrinnunga is the first Mizo to bag a Gold Medal in the Commonwealth Games.
Born on October 26, 2002 at Aizawl; Lalrinnunga grew-up along with his four siblings in Aizawl.
The 19-year-old is the son of a national-level pugilist – Lalneihtluanga; and initially aspired to don the gloves but switched to weightlifting, because it required merely power to succeed, which he found quite fascinating.
Jeremy first attended his weightlifting training on October 2011 at the Weightlifting Academy, established by the Sports & Youth Services Department and Mizoram Weightlifting Association.
In 2012, the Army Assistant Coach – Zarzokima of Pune selected 3 young Mizo boys for trail at the Army Sports Institute (ASI) at Pune. These boys incorporated of – Jeremy Lalrinnunga, Jacob Vanlaltluanga and Zakhuma. In September 2012, Jeremy joined the Boys Sports Company at the ASI and commenced specialized training in weightlifting.
After receiving rigorous training under the Indian Army for 4 years (between 2012-2015), Jeremy won the Gold Medal in 2016 at the Sub Junior National Weightlifting Championships Youth in 50 kgs category and made a new national record in the Snatch 90 kgs category.
Meanwhile, in October 2018, he garnered attention by clinching a gold medal in 62 kilogram boys’ category in 3rd Summer Youth Olympics.
He has received Rs 16.10 lakhs under Mizoram Government Incentive Cash Award Scheme, and has signed a contract with Adidas till 2024.
Jeremy joined the Army as a Naib Subedar in the 17th Battalion of the Brigade of Guards on May 2019. Along with coaching in the national camps, Naib Sub Lalrinnunga has received training from three coaches at the Boys Sports Company and the ASI.