Silver medallist Asma Suriani Ruzimi of Kelantan pretending to pull the gold medal away from her training buddy Nur Aisyah Mahamud of Kedah.
KANGAR: Kedah weightlifter Nur Aisyah Mahamud turned out to be a fox in the hen house to scupper Kelantan’s hopes of bagging a gold in the Sukma women’s 53kg and below category at the Kem Bina Negara in Kuala Perlis.
Nur Aisyah, who had trained with the Kelantan Sukma squad in Kota Baru for the past seven months, edged out the east coast state’s main hope Asma Suriani Ruzimi to the snatch gold medal on Thursday.
The 19-year-old from Kepala Batas lifted 62kg to win the event, with Asma (59kg) and Pahang’s Fatin Nur Alia (58kg) taking up the other two positions on the podium.
Nur Aisyah went on to complete her double by bagging the clean and jerk gold medal with a 78kg lift. Fatin (70kg) and Sabah’s Olyzia Devra Danis (65kg) settled for the silver and bronze respectively, with Asma failing to put a result on the board after being unsuccessful to lift 72kg in all her three attempts.
“It was a mistake to allow her to train in Kelantan,” joked Asma.
“The only consolation is that I lost to my good friend, who is also my training partner.”
Nur Aisyah said that she made the bold move to switch her training base to Kelantan after being frustrated at the lack of progress at home.
She failed to finish among the medal winners during her Sukma debut in the women’s 48kg and below category in Kuantan two years ago.
“As the only female weightlifter at the SMK Tunku Anum Sports School training centre in Jitra, I felt lonely and frustrated at my lack of progress.
“One of my friends in the Kelantan Sukma squad suggested that I come over and train with them. I was delighted to get the green light to train in Kota Baru as there is much healthy competition among the 11 women weightlifters in Kelantan.
“Besides my own Kedah team-mates and officials, I am also thankful to the Kelantan coaches Nordin Jusoh and Fazli Dollah for helping me win a double gold in Kuala Perlis,” said Nur Aisyah.
In the men’s 69kg and below snatch event, Pahang’s Azril Huzairi rewrote the games record with a 132kg lift. The previous record of 131kg was held by Mohd Hafifi Mansor of Johor.
Huzairi went on to bag the clean and jerk gold medal as well with a 155kg effort.