PARA powerlifter Bonnie Bunyau Gustin’s (pic) coach Jamil Adam is confident his charge will be on the Commonwealth Games podium for the first time.
Jamil has been with Bonnie since he made his Commonwealth Games debut by finishing fourth in the men’s lightweight category (below 72kg) at the last edition in Gold Coast, Australia.
“It’s going to be a different Bonnie compared to his first Commonwealth Games appearance four years ago.
“He was still new to the powerlifting at that time. His performance curve started to go up from 2019 onwards when he won his first world title.
“Bonnie is more matured and consistent now. We are aware Malaysians back home will be hoping for Bonnie to deliver. Hopefully, like at the Paralympics, he can do his best performance again,” said Jamil.
Bonnie, who is from Sarawak, made a winning debut at the Tokyo Paralympics by lifting a total of 228kg last year.
Bonnie went into the Paralympics in good form, having set a new world record of 230kg at the World Cup in Dubai two months before.
On his rivals, Jamil expects tough competition from India, Nigeria and the host nation.
Bonnie will have to look out for Nigeria’s Innocent Nnamdi, the Rio Paralympics bronze medallist, and India’s Parmjeet Kumar, the 2021 world championships bronze medallist.
Bonnie, a two-time world champion, is the only Malaysian representative in powerlifting after Jong Yee Khie pulled out due to an injury.
Yee Khie bagged silver in the men’s heavyweight (above 72kg) in Gold Coast.