GLASGOW: It’s going to be one heavy task but the Malaysian weightlifting team are not daunted and have pledged to deliver medals in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
That’s how confident the lifters are.
And the best bet to deliver a gold is seasoned campaigner Mohd Hafifi Mansor in the 69kg category.
“I am better prepared compared to the New Delhi Games four years ago,” said Hafifi at a press conference at the Games Village on Monday.
“The Indian weightlifters surprised us last time … but not this time. I’m more confident about my lifts and I should be able to do better than the bronze I won in New Delhi.”
National coach Lukman of Indonesia is counting on the 24-year-old Hafifi to do well.
“Hafifi has made vast improvement since his nagging back injury in 2012. He is still not fully fit … he is only about 95% fit right now,” said Lukman.
“But he still looks good for a medal. Beside the Indians, we shouldn’t underestimate the lifters from Cyprus, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Samoa.”
Sabah’s Constantine Clement is another gold medal potential in the 62kg category.
The Malaysian Weightlifting Federation (MWF) are targeting five medals, including two golds.
The men’s team comprise Zulhelmi Mohd Pisol (56kg), Constantine (62kg), Hafifi and Mohd Azril Huzairi Ramli (69kg), Abdul Mubin Rahim and Loro Wellkinson Peuji (77kg) and Mohd Faiz Musa (94kg).
The women lifters are Syarifah Inani Najwa Syed Omar (48kg), Azizah Fadzil (53kg), Frenceay Titus (58kg) and Nur Jannah Batrisyah (above 75kg).
Malaysia have not returned empty-handed since the 1994 Victoria Games and their best performance was in the 2002 Manchester Games, where they bagged eight medals - three golds and five bronzes.
As for the women, Azizah is confident of a podium finish in the 52kg event.
“I expect to win a medal … but I don’t know what colour it will be,” said the confident lifter.