KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has congratulated national para athlete Bonnie Bunyau Gustin (pic) for his outstanding achievement in breaking the world record in powerlifting.
In a statement uploaded on Istana Negara's Facebook page on Wednesday (June 23), His Majesty also expressed his happiness and pride over Bonnie's success, which he described as not only a historical feat for Malaysian powerlifting but one which garnered accolades for the country on the international stage.
In the men's over-72kg category at the 11th Fazza Dubai 2021 Para Powerlifting World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday (June 22), Bonnie blew his rivals away by lifting 230kg. Silver medallist Peng Hu of China could only lift 214kg while bronze medallist Nnamdi Innocent of Nigeria managed 213kg.
The 22-year-old's feat erased the previous mark of 229kg set by Iran's Roohallah Rostami at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Para Games in Indonesia.
"Bonnie's outstanding achievement once again proves that Malaysia is capable of producing athletes and individuals of quality, calibre and of international standards.
"It also proves that with commitment, fighting spirit and hard work, Malaysians are able to compete and succeed at the international level," the statement read.
Al-Sultan Abdullah hoped Bonnie's success and fighting spirit will be a source of inspiration to fellow Malaysians, in particular athletes, to work hard and strive for success in their respective fields domestically or on the international stage.
"The Yang di-Pertuan Agong wishes Bonnie all the best and prays that he will be blessed with continued success and to keep on putting the country on the world stage with more victories," the statement said. – Bernama