KUALA LUMPUR: National powerlifting coach Jamil Adam is all smiles after Malaysia concluded the 2021 World Para Powerlifting World Cup as the third best team.
Malaysia collected three golds and three bronzes in the three-day competition, which ended on Saturday, in Bangkok, Thailand.
The gold medal winners were Bonnie Bunyau Gustin (men’s above 72kg), Nicodemus Manggoi Moses (men’s above 88kg) and Bibiana Ahmad (women’s 80kg), and third-place finishers were Mohd Shahmil Md Saad (men’s above 97kg), Wan Nur Azri Wan Azman (men’s above 107kg) and Sona Agon (women’s 73kg).
Powerlifting powerhouse Iran topped the medal tally with five golds and one silver while Thailand came in second with a medal haul of 3-4-4.
Jamil said Nicodemus’ achievement lifted his ranking but as he was not following the pathway towards the Tokyo Paralympic Games for the past three years, his chances of making an appearance in Tokyo is almost impossible.
Bonnie, however, is looking good to make the Tokyo trip.
“The success is sweet for us as we have not clinched that many medals before, this is something the national powerlifting squad should be proud of, ” said Jamil. —Bernama