PETALING JAYA: Weightlifter Mohamed Faizal Baharom flexed his muscles to bag one silver and two bronzes in the below 56kg division of the inaugural Islamic Solidarity Games (ISG) on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old Faizal, a bronze medallist in the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games and 2003 Vietnam SEA Games, won the silver in the clean and jerk event.
He bagged the bronze medals in the snatch and also in the overall events at the Hall of Amant Al Madinah in Mecca.
Another weightlifter, Naharudin Mahayudin, meanwhile, returned empty handed in the below 62kg category. He finished fourth in the snatch event and was sixth in the clean and jerk and in the overall events yesterday.
Malaysia also won their first medals in taekwondo – two bronzes – through Mohd Afifuddin Omar Sidek in the bantamweight (below 62kg) and Syed Taufiq Syed Abdul Hamid in the featherweight (below 55kg) divisions.
Afifuddin lost to a Moroccan exponent while Syed Taufiq was beaten by his Iranian opponent in their semi-final bouts at the Hall of Om El Qura University in Mecca on Wednesday and yesterday respectively.
Earlier, national taekwondo exponent R. Thilakesan lost in the first round to a Jordanian in the heavyweight (below 80kg) category.
National Sports Council (NSC) official Ibni Busu said in a telephone interview yesterday that the contingent are happy with the overall achievements, especially that of Faizal, who lived up to expectations.
“The bronze in the snatch event really inspired him to give his best in the clean and jerk and he eventually won the silver.
“We are also happy with Mohd Afifuddin, who managed to bring home a medal after two other exponents – Ryan Chung and Thilakesan – finished empty handed,” said Ibni.
With one silver and three bronzes the last two days, Malaysia now have a haul of 5-3-6 in the Games after six days of action.
Swimmer Daniel Bego bagged two golds in the 200m and 400m freestyle while divers Yeoh Ken Nee and Bryan Nickson each won golds in the 3m springboard and 10m platform events respectively.
Karate exponent R. Puvaneswaran won a title in the below 55kg kumite event on Sunday.
The silver medals were delivered by the kata team of Ku Jin Keat, Cheah Boon Chong and Tan Chee Sheng and diver Khairul Safwan in the 3m springboard event.
Jin Keat also won the bronze in the individual kata event and walker Mohd Shahrulhaizy Abd Rahman finished third in the 20km walk.