August 01, 2022
India has added a fifth medal to its total, with top weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga taking gold in the men’s 67kg weightlifting event for the second time. The Mizoram native claimed the gold with a new Games Record of 300kg (combined snatch + clean and jerk) lift. Jeremy, who had knee and back ailments following last year’s Commonwealth Games in Tashkent, made a stunning recovery at the Birmingham CWG 2022.Lalrinnunga also owns national records in the 67kg category, including 141 kg (snatch), 167 kg (clean and jerk), and a total of 306 kgs. In the early 1990s, his father was a well-known figure in Aizawl, Mizoram, although not for weightlifting. His family status at the time did not enable him to pursue his aspirations, so he was forced to begin working as a contract labourer for the local Power Works Department (PWD). Through talent scouting, Jeremy was picked for Army Sports Institute (ASI) Pune, and he has since maintained his weightlifting training at ASI. Bindyarani established a new games record by grabbing 202 kg in the snatch and then lifted 116 kg in the clean and jerk just after Mirabai Chanu won the gold medal in the 49kg event.Bindyarani Devi Sorokhaibam is her given name. She was born on January 27, 1999, in the Indian state of Manipur. She is known as “Mirabai 2.0” both locally and nationally. Her father is a farmer with a food store. Because of her tiny stature, she chose weightlifting as a job from an early age. Bindyarani received national recognition after winning India’s first medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
By Subhechcha Ganguly