THERE was double joy for SEA Games debutant Mohamad Fazrul Azrie Mohdad in weightlifting.
He won the men’s below 85kg silver with a total lift of 323kg in the presence of his fiancee – Wan Nurelani Wahid – at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MiTEC) yesterday.
He lifted 141kg in snatch and then broke his own national record in the clean and jerk with a lift of 182kg, erasing his previous mark of 181kg set at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, in May.
Thailand’s Pornchai Lobsi clinched the gold with a 337kg total. He managed 146kg in the snatch before breaking the SEA Games record in clean and jerk by lifting 191kg. It erased the old mark of 190kg set by compatriot Tibnoke Pitaya at Myanmar 2013.
Vietnam’s Hoang Tan Tai bagged bronze with 322kg (145kg in snatch and 177kg in clean and jerk).
Fazrul, who turned 27 last Sunday, was overjoyed with his efforts.
“I must thank my fiancee for bringing me good luck. The silver I won is for her,” said Fazrul, who is planning to get married after the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, from April 5-14.
“I was fourth after the snatch and I told myself that I had to break my national record in the clean and jerk to win a medal.
“I’m glad I managed to overcome a slight stiff shoulder to improve my national record by 1kg and deliver a silver in my first SEA Games,” said Fazrul, who underwent a two-month training stint in Jinzhou, China, prior to the Games.
“I will now focus on next year’s Commonwealth Games. I have set myself a personal target of winning a medal. To achieve that, I hope to go for another training stint in China.”
There were five golds on offer in weightlifting, but Malaysia only won a silver (through Fazrul) and a bronze (Loro Wellkinson Peuji in the men’s below 77kg).See our full coverage of SEA Games 2017