Guwahati: Mizoram weightlifter and Youth Olympics gold medalist Jeremy Lalrinnunga delivered a stellar performance by securing the second place in his group at the Asian Weightlifting Championship being held in Ningbo, China on Sunday.
In a record-breaking spree, the 16-year-old weightlifter, competing in group B of the 67 kg men’s event, smashed the Youth World and Asian records in snatch, clean and jerk, and total lift of 297 kg (134 kg + 163 kg), likely to be placed second against his Pakistan counterpart Talha Talib who lifted 304 kg (140 kg + 164 kg).
Combining national and international marks, Lalrinnunga broke 15 records, including six international records (three youth world and three youth Asian) and nine national records (three youth national, three junior national and three senior national).
The Youth Olympic gold medalist gave a power-packed performance by pulling off two clean lifts in snatch (130 kg, 134 kg) to set a new mark, shattering his own record held at 131 kg in the EGAT Cup in Thailand in February.
Following this, the Mizoram weightlifter destroyed Kazakhstan weightlifter Saikhan Taisuyev’s youth world record of 161 kg by lifting more than twice his weight in two successful attempts (157 kg, 163 kg) at clean and jerk.
With the stellar performance, Jeremy crushed his own personal best of 288 kg youth world record.
The 67-kg category was added for the Olympic Games and other events only last year by the international federation.
Jeremy also bagged a gold in the 62-kg category at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics in October last year.
Meanwhile, former world champion and Manipur weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (24) gave her personal best at the event, but missed it by a whisker, finishing fourth in the 49 kg category.
The Padma Shri awardee lifted a total of 199 kg, with 86 kg in snatch, and a personal best of 113 kg in clean and jerk category.
Chanu’s personal best was 192 kg in EGAT Cup in Thailand in February this year.