AN ill-prepared Amirul Amizan Ibrahim - a triple gold medallist at last year's Manchester Commonwealth Games - failed to get on the rostrum in the men's 56kg division's weightlifting competition at the Soc Son Gymnasium on the outskirts of Hanoi yesterday.
He failed to lift 140kg in the clean and jerk.
However, Malaysia secured a bronze in the event through Mohd Faizal Baharom, who chalked up a total of 252.5kg – the same as Vietnam's Do Duc Quyen.
However, the 21-year-old Faizal was awarded the bronze because of his lighter body weight of 55.72kg against Duc Quyen's 56kg.
In the snatch, Faizal only managed to lift 115kg in his third attempt. He went on to lift 130kg, 135kg and 137.5kg.
Coach Dimitar Slavov was pleased with Faizal's efforts.
“Faizal is showing improvement. Here, he lifted 5kg more than his personal best,” said Slavov.
At the recent Asian Championships in China, Faizal finished fourth recorded his personal best of 247.5kg (115kg in the snatch and 132.5kg in the clean and jerk).
On Amirul's performance, the Bulgarian coach said the lifter, who had to go through a special trial to earn a place in the team, did not prepare well for the Games.
“If you train less, you lift less. Amirul's training was affected by his studies and I am not surprised at all over what he managed here,” said Slavov.
However, team manager Abdullah Awang claimed that Amirul, who won a silver in the same category at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 2001, was a victim of a technical mistake.
Awang said that Amirul was called to make successive lifts instead of getting some rest in between his second and third lifts.
In the snatch, Amirul lifted 112.5kg with ease but failed in his attempts at 115kg.
“I don't know what to say. I was well prepared to at least win the silver,” said Amirul.
Indonesian Jadi Setiadi, who finished seventh in the same category in the recent World Championships in Vancouver, retained the gold with a total of 270kg. Vietnam's Hoang Anh Tuan had a total of 265kg to take the silver.