Thursday, August 18, 2022

CWG: NE shines again, Mizoram’s Jeremy wins gold; silver for Bindyarani

Young weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga smashed two Games records on his way to a sensational gold medal win at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games as he added a second yellow metal to India’s tally on Sunday.
The 2018 Youth Olympic champion dominated the men’s 67kg competition with a total lift of 300kg (140kg+160kg), finishing ahead of Samoa’s Vaipava Nevo Ioane, who managed a total of 293kg (127kg +166kg).
Nigeria’s Edidiong Joseph Umoafia took bronze with an effort of 290kg (130kg+160kg).
The 19-year-old from Aizwal wrote the Games snatch (140kg) and overall lift (300kg) record in his name but not before an injury scare as twice he grimaced in pain during the clean and jerk attempts.
Jeremy opened up a huge 10kg gap with the nearest rival Edidiong Joseph Umoafia when he lifted 140kg in a successful second attempt. He had begun with 136kg.
Jeremy further targetted 143kg in his final attempt, but did not succeed.
In Clean and Jerk, the 2021 Commonwealth Championship winner began with 154kg and followed that up with 160kg, but could not complete the 165kg attempt.
This was India’s fifth medal from the weightlifting arena with Mirabai Chanu (gold), Sanket Sargar (silver), Bidyarani Devi (silver) and Gururaj Poojary (bronze) earning podium finishes on Saturday.
Son of a national-level boxer Lalneihtluanga, Lalrinnunga also aspired to don the gloves but shifted to weightlifting as it involved just power to excel, something he found fascinating. On Saturday, Mirabai Chanu, Sanket Sargar, Gururaja Poojary and Bindyarani Devi had claimed medals for India.

Prez, PM congratulate Jeremy Lalrinnunga

The President and the Prime Minister on Sunday congratulated weightlifter, Jeremy Lalrinnunga on winning gold medal at Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
In a tweet President Droupadi Mumru said, “Congratulations, Jeremy Lalrinnunga for winning gold in Weightlifting at #CommonwealthGames. Your self-belief despite injury during the event enabled you to create history & inspire millions.Your podium finish has filled Indians with pride. Wishing you more such moments of glory.”
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, in a tweet, said, “Our weightlifters continue to make India proud with their stupendous performances. Heartiest congratulations to @raltejeremy for bagging a gold medal in Men’s 67kg weightlifting competition at @birminghamcg22. My best wishes for his future endeavours.”
Congratulating Lalrinnunga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Our Yuva Shakti is creating history! Congratulations to @raltejeremy, who has won a Gold in his very first CWG and has set a phenomenal CWG record as well. At a young age he’s brought immense pride and glory. Best wishes to him for his future endeavours.”

India’s medals at end of Day 2
Gold – Mirabai Chanu – Weightlifting women’s 49kg
Silver – Bindyarani Devi – Weightlifting women’s 55kg
Silver – Sanket Sargar – Weightlifting men’s 55kg
Bronze – Gururaja Poojary – Weightlifting men’s 61kg
Gold – Jeremy Lalrinnunga – Weightlifting men’s 67kg

Manipuri weightlifter Bindyarani wins silver

S. Bindyarani Devi reacts as she competes in the women’s 55kg category weightlifting event at the Commonwealth Games 2022 (CWG), in Birmingham. (PTI)

Bindyarani Devi won India a fourth medal on a successful day at the Commonwealth Games weightlifting arena in Birmingham, bagging a silver medal in the Women’s 55 kg weight class.
The 22-year-old from Manipur lifted a total weight of 202 kg with a superb attempt of 116 kg in her final turn in clean and jerk to leapfrog England’s Fraer Morrow (198) and finished just 1kg adrift of Nigeria’s Adijat Adenike Dlarindye, who ended with a total of 203 kg, a Games record. Bindyarani, who managed a best effort of 86 kg in the snatch category, placing behind the Nigerian 92 kg and the English girl 88 kg, came back strongly in clean and jerk, which is her stronger side as she made up for the gap with two superb lifts.
In a desperate attempt in her third and final chance, Bindyarani lifted 116 kg in her final clean and jerk effort, to break the Games record and move to 202 kg and claim the silver medal. This was Bindyarani’s first medal in the Commonwealth Games.
Earlier on Saturday, Mirabai Chanu won gold medal in women’s 49 kg, Sanket Sargar took silver in men’s 55 kg and Gururaja Poojary bagged a bronze medal in men’s 61kg as India started its medal hunt with four medals from the weightlifting arena.

SourcePTI/IANS

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