Commonwealth Games 2022: 19-year-old Indian weight-lifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga, who clinched the men’s 67 kg gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022, has said that it was a dream come true for him and he thanked Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Mirabai Chanu for the inspiration and playing a big part in his success.
Jeremy fought through the pain barrier on Sunday and came up with a brilliant performance, lifting an aggregate of 300kg (140 in snatch and 160 in clean and jerk) to win a gold medal in the men’s 67 kg division at the NEC Hall 3 at Solihull.
“My phone wallpaper for a while 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 because of injuries, and other things. So, this means a lot,” an elated Lalrinnunga said after his win.
The Indian weightlifter singled out ‘Queen of Indian Weightlifting’ Mirabai Chanu, who won the women’s 49kg gold medal at Birmingham 2022 on Saturday, as a special factor behind his 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 well. She was also right there in the front row amongst the audience with the Indian flag, cheering for me. That was a big deal for me,” Jeremy said.