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Asian Weightlifting Championship: Jhilli Dalabehera opens India’s account, Jeremy goes on a record-breaking spree

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It was a mixed day for Indian lifters at the Asian Weightlifting Championship in Ningbo, China on Sunday. While former World Champion Mirabai Chanu missed out on a podium finish by a whisker, Jhilli Dalabehera opened India’s account with a silver medal in the women’s 45kg category. Youth Olympics gold medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga, on his part, went on a record-breaking spree to secure second place in his group.

Mirabai produces personal best but falls short

Mirabai produced her personal best performance but missed out on the bronze medal by a whisker in the women’s 49 kg event. She lifted 86kg in snatch and a personal best of 113kg in clean and jerk for a total of 199kg (thus surpassing her previous best of 192kg which she achieved in the EGAT Cup in Thailand in February).

China’s Zhang Rong, who won the bronze medal, also lifted the same total of 199kg (88kg+111kg) as Mirabai. However, under the new rules, which came into effect in 2017, the competitor who has a lower clean and jerk result (that means higher snatch result) is ranked higher.

The gold medal was clinched by Hou Zhihui of China who lifted a total of 208kg (92kg+116kg) while North Korea’s Ri Song-gum took home the silver, lifting 200kg (86kg+114kg).

Jhilli opens India’s account

Jhilli Dalabehera, who hails from Odisha, opened India’s account at the Championships when she bagged the silver medal in the women’s 45kg category. She secured her place on the podium with a lift of 162kg (71kg+91kg) to finish second behind Vuong Thi Huyen of Vietnam who lifted 168kg (76kg+92kg). Mary Flor Diaz of Philippines produced a 158kg (69kg+89kg) effort to bag the bronze.

Earlier, last year, Jhilli had won the bronze medal at the IWF Junior World Weightlifting Championships in the 48kg division.

Jeremy’s record-breaking spree

On Sunday, Mizoram-born Jeremy produced a power-packed performance, smashing records in snatch, clean and jerk and total lift in the process. He lifted a total of 297kg (134kg+163kg) in men’s 67kg event to be placed second in group B, only behind Pakistan’s Talha Talib, who lifted 304kg (140kg+164kg). The final standings will be decided after group A competition on Monday.

Jeremy, who won the gold medal at the Buenes Aires Youth Olympics last year, broke a total of 15 records in total, national and international. Six of those were international records — three youth world and three youth Asian — while nine were national records.

The youngster produced clean lifts in two of his three attempts in snatch (130kg, 134kg) to set a new youth world record, breaking his own previous record of 131kg. He then lifted 157kg and 163kg in two successful attempts in the clean and jerk, thus breaking Kazakhstan weightlifter Saikhan Taisuyev’s youth world record of 161kg.

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