Mizoram’s Jeremy Lalrinnunga is currently competing in 67-kg division of weightlifting at the ongoing IWF Junior Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to grab a berth at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
The 18-year-old weightlifter from Aizawl has several medals and both national and international records to his name.
Currently ranked 16th in the World Rankings, Lalrinnunga would have to lift at least 310 kg to stand any chance of qualifying for the Tokyo Games. His personal best currently stands at 306-kg – 140-kg snatch and 166-kg clean and jerk.
His quest for a spot at Tokyo Olympics is supported by the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) of the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI).
The young athlete was inducted into the scheme on November 14, 2018 and has received a total financial support of Rs 30.14 lakhs from TOPS for equipment, training, competition support and Out of Pocket Allowance (OPA).
He was also a Khelo India Athlete before being inducted into SAI’s TOPS scheme.
Lalrinnunga’s win at the Summer Youth Olympics of 2018 was India’s first gold medal in the Youth Olympics Games.
He soon followed the Youth Olympics feat with a record-breaking performance at Asian weightlifting championship of 2019. During the event he had smashed the Youth World and Asian records in snatch, clean and jerk and total lift with an effort of 297kg.
The weightlifter broke a total of 15 records combining national and international marks. He had smashed six international records, that is three youth world and three youth Asian records, and nine national records, which included three youth national, three junior national and three senior national records.