WEIGHTLIFTER Mohd Azroy Hazalwafie Izhar Ahmad jumped in sheer delight, danced and did a victory lap with the Malaysian flag.
He had every reason to be in a frenzy after lifting Malaysia’s first gold medal in the men’s below 56kg at the Commonwealth Games yesterday at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre.
And he did it in style by smashing two Games records and this would be etched in the memory of his 24th birthday which fell on April 4.
It was exactly how he wanted to celebrate his 24th birthday.
“The pressure was on me to deliver but I’m so glad to live up to the expectations,” said a delighted Azroy. The pumped-up Azroy lifted a total of 261kg – 117kg in the snatch and 144kg in the clean and jerk for the gold.
Azroy broke an eight-year record in snatch by lifting 1kg more to better Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim’s Games record of 116kg, which the Malaysian set in the 2010 New Delhi Games.
He also broke Amirul’s total record of 260kg set in Manchester in 2002 – 16 years ago.
Azroy also improved on his personal best by 3kg from his previous mark of 258kg achieved at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games last August.
His two main challengers wilted – India’s Guru Raja Poojary of India settled for a silver with a total of 249kg while Sri Lanka’s Chaturanga Lakmal bagged the bronze with a total of 248kg.
Azroy, who won the gold in the Commonwealth Championships in Gold Coast last September, said he was thrilled to bits to get Malaysia off to a superb start.
“I came here with a mission to break three records but I was a bit cautious as I felt a a slight pain in my knee,” said Azroy, who got engaged to Norfazlin Adam from Batu Pahat last month.
“I was also feeling the pressure as I received so many phone calls – all wanting to know about my chances.
“I’ve improved my personal best and lifted 12 kg more than the silver medallist.
“I thank God that my prayers have been answered and I also thank my mother (Rohana Ahmad) for her blessing.
“I dedicate the gold to her as she is my No. 1 fan,” said Azroy, who will receive RM80,000 as an incentive from the National Sports Council (NSC) for winning the gold.
Azroy will use the money to take his mother to perform Umrah.
Team manager Amirul was proud that Azroy broke two of his Games records.
“Azroy is from my hometown in Rompin.
“He replaced me in the 56kg category in the Games and has done well. What a proud moment this is for me,” said Amirul.