Sabah's Constantine Clement with the gold medals he won in the men's 62kg and below snatch and clean and jerk events at Sukma. – Bernama Photo
KANGAR: Redemption was his as Sabah’s Constantine Clement set a new national record and bagged two gold medals in the 17th Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Kangar.
Having missed out on medals at the previous Games in Pahang in 2012, Constantine was bent on making his final Sukma memorable.
The 20-year-old did just that when he managed to lift 127kg in the men’s 62kg and below snatch event at the Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara in Kuala Perlis on Wednesday, setting a new national record in the process. The previous record of 126kg was held by Aricco Junitih, also of Sabah.
In fact, Constantine cleared all three lifts of 115kg, 120kg and 127kg with ease which put his chances way beyond doubt as his nearest competitors Muhammad Hisyam Hasibullah of Selangor and Muhammad Hazirul Mohamad Yazid of Federal Territories only managed lifts of 105kg and 104kg respectively.
Constantine also took the gold in the clean and jerk with a lift of 143kg which was way off his personal best of 154kg. The silver and bronze went to Kelantan’s Muhammad Zaidi Mohd Nordin (140kg) and Hisyam (131kg) respectively.
“I’m ecstatic. I knew this was my last Sukma and I really wanted to end it on a high after what happened in Pahang. Two gold medals and a national record is not too bad,” said Constantine whose previous personal best in the snatch was 120kg.
The feat was extra special for the lad from Tambunan as he had been racing to get fit in time for the Games after having injured his fourth lumbar vertebrae during a national training stint in Gunung Jerai, Kedah, in late April.
“I know I can do much better. I want to work hard towards my target for the Commonwealth Games. Maybe gold would be tough but I’m sure if I am in good form, a podium finish is very possible,” he added.