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Published: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 8:59:00 PM
Updated: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 9:01:07 PM

Coach impressed with teen weightlifters

Constantine Clement during training with coach Stefan Stefanov. At just 19, Constantine looks to have a bright future ahead of him, as he improved on his personal best at the SEA Games. – Bernama Photo

Constantine Clement during training with coach Stefan Stefanov. At just 19, Constantine looks to have a bright future ahead of him, as he improved on his personal best at the SEA Games. – Bernama Photo

YANGON: Malaysia did not win any medals on the opening day of the weightlifting competition at the Thein Phyu Stadium in Yangon on Friday and yet national coach Stefan Stefanov had a broad smile on his face.

The two Malaysian debutants in the fray on Friday – Muhd Aznil Bidin (56kg) and Constantine Clement (62kg) were placed last in their respective events.

But Stefanov, who coaches the national back-up squad lifters, was impressed with the two teenagers’ performances.

“Aznil is only 18 and Constantine is 19 and they have a long career ahead of them. This is the first big international tournament for both and they improved their personal best marks here,” said the Bulgarian.

“They were up against seasoned competitors who are in their late twenties. I am happy that both our lifters managed to get scores on the board.”

Aznil, whose previous best was a 233kg total, lifted 104kg in snatch and 133kg in the clean and jerk for a 237kg total.

The men’s 56kg event was won by Vietnam’s Tuan Thach Kim, who produced a 285kg total to set a new Games record. He improved on his compatriot Hoang Anh Tuan’s previous record of 284kg set at the 2009 Laos Games.

Constantine produced a 121kg lift in the snatch and 142kg in the clean and jerk for a 263kg total in the men’s 62kg, a 2kg improvement on his previous best mark.

The event was won by the 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist Eko Yuli Erawan of Indonesia, who lifted a total of 304kg to rewrite his own previous Games record of 302kg.

Tags / Keywords: weightlifting, SEA Games, Yangon, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Constantine Clement, Muhd Aznil Bidin

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