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Arunachal lad eyes Olympics

Guwahati, Dec. 27: Having scripted three national records in the ninth National Youth Boys and Girls’ Weightlifting Championship at Deshabhakta Tarun Ram Phookan indoor stadium, Lalu Taku of Arunachal Pradesh has his eyes set on the Youth Olympics to be held in Nanjing, China in August.

Taku, with an overall lift of 246kg, broke Akshay Gaikwad’s previous record of 244kg set at the Asian Youth Championship in Doha this year. He also broke Gaikwad’s snatch record of lifting 109kg along with the latter’s clean and jerk record of lifting 135kg.

A resident of East Kameng Seppa, Taku has been training at the Army Sports Institute under the Boys Sports Company in Pune.

About his career so far, the young weightlifter said, “I was spotted by the Army Sports Institute when I was playing judo at the Sanjay Lhaden Sports Academy at Itanagar. I started with the weightlifting training in 2010 and have got to learn a lot under the guidance of our coach Chendu Sekar. I won three silver medals in the National Youth championship in 2012 while I went on to clinch the gold medal in the Asian Youth Championship in Qatar this year. I was ranked 10th in the World Youth Championship held in Uzbekistan this year.”

“It feels good to win after all the hard work, but I believe this is just the start. I want to perform even better and my next goal is the Youth Olympics,” Taku added.

Chendu Sekar said, “He is a disciplined and hard-working lad with an ability to learn fast. I am sure if he continues the same way, he will certainly be able to give the country an Olympics medal. ”