India’s next generation of athletes scripted history not once but twice in the space of 24 hours as shooter Manu Bhaker and weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga picked up the country’s maiden set of gold medals in the Youth Olympics on Tuesday. Manu Bhaker became the first shooter from India to claim a gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Tuesday with a spectacular performance in what is being seen as a comeback after a disappointing Asian Games. The 16-year old Manu Bhaker rediscovered the form that made her a sensation in the women’s 10m air pistol event.
On the other hand, the 15-year-old Lalrinnunga shattered the national record in the men’s 62kg category to claim the top honours and announce his arrival at the big stage. Lalrinnunga, who is also a world youth silver-medallist, lifted a total of 274kg (124kg +150kg) to finish on top in the Argentine capital on Monday night, which was early Tuesday morning in India. “I am feeling really happy that I won the gold medal here,” Lalrinnunga said. Sports run in the family of the teen weightlifter as his father Lalneihtluanga is a seven-time national level gold medallist in boxing.