Asian Weightlifting Championships: Jeremy Lalrunnunga breaks three youth world records

File photo: Jeremy Lalrinnunga at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina. IOA

Youth Olympics gold medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga broke three youth world records on way to securing the second place in his group at the Asian Weightlifting Championship in Ningbo, China, on Sunday.

Jeremy, who is competing in Group B of the 67kg men's event, broke the youth world and Asian records in snatch, pulling off clean lifts in two of his three attempts (130kg, 134kg). The earlier record -- 131kg -- was also in his name.

The 16-year-old lifted more than double his body weight (157kg, 163kg) in two successful attempts in the clean and jerk, beating Kazakhstan's Saikhan Taisuyev's youth world record of 161kg.

The Indian ended with a total lift of 297kg (134kg+163kg), to be placed second in his group behind Pakistan's Talha Talib, who lifted 304kg (140kg+164kg). It was nine kilos more than his 288kg youth world record effort in the EGAT Cup, where he won the silver medal in February.

It was his only second international competition in 67kg after the international federation added the weight category last year for the Olympic Games and other events. The final standings for the men's 67kg event will be known after Group A competition on Monday.

Jeremy, in fact, broke 15 records in total, combining national and international marks. He smashed six international records (three youth world, three youth Asian) and nine national records (three youth national, three junior national, three senior national).

This tournament is a gold-level Olympic qualifying event, the points from which will be counted when the final rankings for the Tokyo 2020 cut are done.

Last year, Jeremy had won a gold at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics in the 62kg category with a total lift of 274kg (124+150).