JOHOR BARU: Johor's Hamri Hussain warmed up for his first major international championships with a record breaking feat in the Johor Open, the first leg of the National Weightlifting Circuit, at the Plaza Kotaraya yesterday.
The 21-year-old Hamri, who is currently training with the national squad at the National Sports Council in Bukit Jalil in preparation for this December's 22nd SEA Games in Vietnam, leaves for Tonga at the end of this month to compete in the Commonwealth Championships from May 1-3.
Hamri, a triple gold medallist for Johor in the 85kg category at last year's Sukma in Sabah, broke the clean and jerk national mark twice on his way to a clean sweep of all the three golds at stake in the 85kg class yesterday.
After lifting 160kg in his first try, Hamri went on to lift 168kg which broke the national record of 167.5kg set by Sarawak's Edmund Yeo in Nauru in March, 1998.
When the bars were loaded to 170kg, Hamri gave the fans plenty to cheer with an effortless lift for a new record.
In the snatch Hamri, however, could only do 130kg – way off Edmund's national record of 137.5kg set in 1998. Hamri also fell short of a new record in the total when his 300kg failed to beat Edmund's existing mark of 303.5kg.
Still, it was a remarkable performance for the Muar-born Hamri who resides in Larkin, Johor Baru. Only seven months ago, Hamri could only manage 125kg, 155kg and 280kg in the snatch, clean and jerk and total respectively at the Sukma.
“My target is the SEA Games (in Vietnam). I am still not satisfied with my performance,” said Hamri, who is one of the 11 Malaysian weighlifters going to Tonga.
“I will be making my international debut but I hope to further improve on what I achieved in the Johor Open. It will be a good experience for me. More importantly, it will enable me to gauge my performance against an international field.”
Jerry Nonong of Sabah took the silver in the snatch (127.5kg), clean and jerk (160kg) and total (287.5kg).
The snatch bronze went to Pahang’s Mohd Farizan Razak (117.5kg) while Yudzaimie Yunus of Malacca took the bronze in the clean and jerk and total with lifts of 142.5kg and 257.5kg respectively.
In the 94kg category, Edmund Yeo of Sarawak swept all three medals at stake with ease.
In the snatch Edmund, lifted 130kg in his first attempt and then 135kg in his second lift for his first gold.
It was another easy victory for the Sarawakian when his effortless 180kg in his second attempt was enough to give him his second gold. His 315kg total gave the third gold medal.