Arunachal lifter sets national record

Arunachal Pradesh weightlifter Jimjang Deru scripted a new national record in under-62kg men's clean and jerk event with a lift of 153kg in the Senior National Weightlifting Championship at Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu yesterday.

By Our Special Correspondent in Guwahati
  • Published 30.12.16
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Jimjang Deru

Guwahati, Dec. 29: Arunachal Pradesh weightlifter Jimjang Deru scripted a new national record in under-62kg men's clean and jerk event with a lift of 153kg in the Senior National Weightlifting Championship at Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu yesterday.

The lift that fetched him the gold helped Deru beat the 152kg record set by Rustam Sarang of Chhattisgarh.

Deru lifted 113kg in snatch and 153kg in clean and jerk for a total lift of 266kg. His nearest opponent Anthony Raj of Railways lifted 114kg in snatch and 147kg in clean and jerk for a total of 261kg to bag the silver.

Deru has won gold medals in Commonwealth Youth Games and Commonwealth Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship and holds youth Commonwealth record, and youth and junior national records.

He had also created a national record by lifting 238kg in the under-56kg category at the 10th Youth National Weightlifting Championship at Yamuna Nagar in Haryana.

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu congratulated Deru for the new national record.

Khandu, in a letter to Deru, wrote: "I am elated by the news of you becoming the new senior national champion in clean and jerk category of weightlifting by breaking all previous national records. Indeed, it is history in the making as we know and believe that it is just a beginning. There will be many records broken and many new milestones set in your future attempts. We see you as a bright shining star who will represent not only Arunachal but our nation in all upcoming international events, including the Olympics. While congratulating you on behalf of the state government and, of course, on my behalf, I would like to place on record that this is a true recognition of your sincere endeavour and never say die attitude which is sure to inspire thousands of aspiring sportsperson from the state and the nation...We are proud of you!"