Mizoram lifters hog the limelight at KIYG

It was yet another day for records to tumble in weightlifting at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Thursday.
The victory podium was dominated by Mizoram who clinched two gold, one silver and a bronze in the men’s 61kg (youth and junior combined) and a gold and silver each in the men’s 67kg (youth and junior).
In the men’s 61kg category, Mizoram’s Zakhuma and Jacob Vanlaltluanga won gold and silver, respectively, in the U-21 men’s category, while N. S. Abishek (Tamil Nadu) had to be content with the bronze.
In the U-17 event, Mizoram’s Vanlaltluanga and Lalhunthara clinched gold and bronze, respectively, with Arunachal Pradesh lifter Charu Pesi taking the silver.
Zakhuma and Jacob Vanlaltluanga, reigned supreme in the junior and youth 61kg event and ensured that the statisticians had a busy time as they fought intensely breaking each other's records in sequence.
The junior event saw the best of the action when Jacob and Zakuma engaged in an intense battle for superiority that had the crowd on the edge of their seats. In the clean & jerk, Jacob lifted 139kg against his previous best of 138kgs, but saw it being shattered by Zakhuma who hoisted 140kg.
In the total lift, Jacob improved his previous best from 250kg to 253kg but again came up short as Zakhuma triumphed by lifting 254kg.
In the men’s 67kg category all eyes were on Youth Olympics gold medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga who took gold in the U-17 event and silver in the U-21s. Markio Tario (Arunachal) and Tripid Boruah (Assam) won silver and bronze behind him, respectively, in the U-17 category.
Gulam Navi of Uttarakhand  denied Jeremy the gold in the U-21s while K. Neelam Raju of Andhra Pradesh took bronze.
Maharashtra women continued their good form in the U-17 45kg category as Nikita Kamlakar took gold, TN’s V. Rithika won silver and B. Jyothi from A.P. lifted bronze.
The U-21 women’s 45kg category saw Bornali Borah of Assam clinch the gold ahead of Veena Thakur from Chattisgarh and Arunachal’s Techi Nadam. Bornali set records by lifting 77kg in the clean and jerk and 132 kg in the total weight.
In the womens 49kg U-17s, Shrabani Das of West Bengal won gold, Pratiksha Sathe of Maharashtra took silver and Haryana’s Usha the bronze. In the women’s 49kg U-21 event, Sneha Soren of Orissa topped followed by Keerthi of Karnataka and Veerjeet Kaur of Chandigarh.

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