Debutant Hafiz settles for bronze

MOHD Hafiz Shamsuddin closed Malaysia’s campaign in weightlifting with a bronze medal in the men’s above 89g category.

The 23-year-old debutant lifted 152kg in the snatch, while in the clean and jerk, the Ipoh-born cleared 190kg on his third and final attempt for a 342kg total.

Panya Rungsuriya continued Thailand’s dominance in the above 89kg category by taking gold with his total of 349kg. Vietnam’s Nguyen Minh Quang lifted 348kg for the silver.

The gold medal drought continues but they have at least improved on the previous haul of two bronze medals from the last Games two years ago in Manila.

In Hanoi, they bagged one silver and three bronzes.

The silver came from Aznil Bidin in the men’s 61kg while the other two bronze were from Aniq Kasdan (men’s 55kg) and Erry Hidayat (men’s 73kg).

Che Mohd Azrul Che Mat was the last weightlifter to win gold (above 105kg) when he achieved the feat in the 2005 Philippines Games.

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