Records for Sanket, Subham; teenager Jeremy steals the show on Day I of senior citizens weightlifting

KOLKATA: Maharashtra duo Sanket Sargar & Subham Kolekar He won gold with a record show while Mizo Teen Jeremy Lalrinnunga He set the opening stage on fire with a sensational performance at the high-level national weightlifting championships at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra on Monday.

Sanket broke all three records - snatch (108), clean & jerk (135) as well as total (243) - on way to winning the men's 55kg. Subham, on the other hand, bettered M. Raja's total lift of 265kg by seven more kgs in claiming glory in men's 61kg category. The 17-year-old Jeremy, who is tipped to be a future Olympic medal hope, rose to the occasion, winning the men's 67kg category with a total lift of 299kg, beating Assam's Apurba Chetia (272) & SSCB's Gurjeet Kumar (271) The fourth gold of the day went to Jhilli Dalabehra , who outperformed his RSPB rival M Thushmita for women's 45 kg gold.

Mirabai Chanu It is the star attraction of the tournament in which around 350 participants will participate in the four-day meeting.

In the meantime, Indian Weightlifting Federation secretary Sahdev Yadav asked for a bigger budget for nationals.

"Only Rs 5 lakh is allocated for the senior nationals. But this is just a small budget, & it should be increased to at least Rs 25 lakh," he said.

"The rent for electronic scorecard as well as computers costs us around Rs 3 lakh for five days. Add to this the cost of transport & accommodation for the lifters & officials. The total budget is around Rs 50 lakh, of which at least half of the expenditure should be borne by the government," he added.

There has been a substantial increase of Rs 312.42 crore in the Union Khelo India flagship program of the Union government, but the allocation for national sports federations in the Union budget has been reduced.

Yadav, however, said his federation is happy with the assignment.

"We have never asked to raise the budget. Whatever is given to us is enough & still we're left with money," he said.