Noor Suhaila Muda in action during the clean and jerk event at the Sukma Games on Saturday. She won the event as well as the snatch with lifts of 73kg and 81kg respectively. - IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/ The Star
KANGAR: Kelantan weightlifter Noor Suhaila Muda’s decision to move up to the 63kg and below category reaped dividends when she won two gold medals and smashed the Sukma record in the competition’s snatch event at the Kem Bina Negara Hall in Kuala Perlis.
Suhaila lifted 73kg in the snatch on Saturday to better the 71kg Games record set by Kedah’s Nurul Farhana Johari in Kuantan two years ago.
The 20-year-old lifter from Kota Baru also picked up the clean and jerk gold medal with an 81kg effort. Sabah duo Kartina Dumin and Elister Dolores finished behind Suhaila in the snatch and clean and jerk to pick up a pair of silver and bronze medals respectively.
Noor Suhaila only decided to compete in the 63kg category late last year after not making much headway in her usual 58kg and below category.
“I only finished fourth in the 58kg at the last Sukma and was struggling to create an impact in local competitions,” said the 20-year-old.
“My fortunes and performances have improved since I increased my body weight to 62kg to compete in the 63kg category. I was confident of winning in Perlis because I won the gold in the category during the national weightlifting championships (in Kota Baru) in March.”
The 11th of 12 siblings, who works as a part-time weightlifting coach for schoolchildren in Kota Baru, has now set her sights on breaking Nurul Farhana’s national record of 90kg (snatch) and 110kg (clean and jerk) for the 63kg category.
“Right now, my personal best for the snatch is my winning lift today (73kg) and 88kg for the clean and jerk,” said Suhaila.
“My best lifts are still far off Farhana’s national records, but I will give myself time and I’m confident of breaking them one day. I have not thought about competing for Malaysia yet because I need to improve a lot before considering myself to be among the best in the country.”