Ibrahim strikes weightlifting golds for Malaysia
30 July 2002
Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim gave Malaysia a golden start to the weightlifting competition with three gold medals in the 56kg event.
The 21-year-old lifted a combined total of 260kg to set a new Games record, passing the previous best of 245kg set by Arumugam Pandian (IND) four years ago in Kuala Lumpur.
Ibrahim saw off a determined challenge from the two Indian lifters in the competition. Thandava Muthu (245kg) and Vickey Batta (242.5kg) took silver and bronze respectively.
As well as the combined record, Ibrahim also set new Games records of 115kg in the snatch and 145kg in the clean and jerk.
Ibrahim, who comes from a fishing village called Rompin that has a weight training centre, was concerned that a shoulder injury sustained whilst training in Indonesia would affect his chances.
“I am very pleased to have won,” he said. “I was not expecting more than one gold, in the clean and jerk, so it has been a very good start.
“I’ve competed here with a shoulder injury I picked up in training. I wasn’t confident about the snatch but I thought I could win the clean & jerk. To win all three has surpassed my wildest dreams”
Ibrahim’s perfect start to the competition gives Malaysia every chance of exceeding their performance at the last Games when they won ten weightlifting gold medals – their best effort to date.
Thandava Muthu of India took the silver in the combined and snatch, and the bronze in the clean & jerk. Pleased at winning three medals he siad: “I’m delighted with my performance. To come here and win three medals is sensational”
Vickey Batta also of India took the silver medal in the clean & jerk, and the bronze medal in the combined. He was dispappointed with his result saying: “I’m disappointed. I’ve done 247.5 consistently in training and I was hoping to go higher here. I don’t know if it was the climate in the venue that caused it but 242.5 wasn’t what I wanted”
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