India woke up to delightful news as weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga grabbed India’s first ever gold medal at the Youth Olympics in the early hours of 09 October 2018 morning. The 15-year-old, who hails from Aizawl, lifted a career-best total of 274kg (124 kg +150 kg) to finish on top of the podium in men’s 62kg category.
Until 08 October 2018, the Mizo wunderkind had a personal best of 273 kg, which he had accomplished at a NIS Patiala event. The silver went to Toptas Caner of Turkey, who lifted 263kg, and the bronze was clinched by Estiven Jose Manjarres of Colombia for a total lift of 260kg.
Earlier in the day, Commonwealth Games silver medallist shooter Mehuli Ghosh had to settle for the silver medal in women’s 10m air rifle. A 9.1 in her final shot forced her to finish with 248.0 behind Denmark’s Stephanie Grundsoee, who registered 248.7.
There had never been any doubt about Jeremy’s immense talent. While honing his skills at the Army Sports Institute for the past two years, he has been proving his mettle in different youth competitions around the world. The 18-year-old Ghosh had earlier shot brilliantly to top the qualifying round with a score of 628.8. Despite continuing with the momentum in the final and leading the field till the very end, her poor score of 9.1 was what did her in as the Danish shooter produced a spectacular 10.4.