Jeremy Lalrinnunga initially followed his father’s footsteps, but later changed his game.
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New Delhi. The 19-year-old son of India’s champion boxer did wonders in the Commonwealth Games 2022. Jeremy Lalrinnunga has won the gold medal in men’s 67kg in weightlifting. Jeremy, the first Indian to win gold in the Youth Olympic Games, lifted a total of 300 kg in Birmingham. The story of Jeremy, who once rained punches in the ring, stepped into weightlifting is quite an interesting one.
Actually Jeremy’s father has been a junior national champion boxer. Jeremy and his 4 brothers also followed in the footsteps of their father and entered the boxing ring, but Jeremy was only called a boxer until he had seen weightlifting. Some time ago in an interview, Jeremy had said that there was an academy in my village, where the coach was giving training in weightlifting. I saw my friends training and thought strength was a game and I needed it too.
Jeremy’s career took a turn when he was selected for the Army Institute Trials in 2011 and this marked the beginning of Jeremy’s professional weightlifting journey. After this, he won the silver medal in the 56 kg weight category at the World Youth Championship in 2016. The next year he won another silver in the same event. Jeremy then won the bronze medal in the Junior Asian Championship 2018. Jeremy started boxing at the age of 7, while his father started boxing in 1988. According to Jeremy’s father, his dream was to represent India at the international level, but his dream could not be fulfilled. For this reason he wanted his son to become a boxer.