Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga won India’s first gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games, and won top honors in the men’s 62kg category. The 15-year-old from Aizwal, who is also a junior world silver medalist, lifted a total of 274 kg (124 kg +150 kg) to finish at the top in the Argentine capital on Monday night.
The silver medal went to Toptas Caner of Turkey, who lifted 263 kg (122 kg + 141 kg), while Villar Estiven José de Colombia took the bronze with an effort of 260 kg (115 kg + 143 kg).
The sensation of Mizo, who will turn 16 on October 26, is touted as the next big name in the Indian weightlifting. Earlier this year, Lalrinnunga claimed a silver medal (junior) and a bronze medal (junior) at the Asian Championships, breaking two national records in the process.