Gold worth the wait for Syazwani even though new marks don’t carry weight


A FOUR-YEAR wait was worth it for Nur Syazwani Radzi as she upset the heavy favourite to lift her first Malaysia Games (Sukma) gold.

The weightlifter from Kedah finished ahead of defending champion Nurul Anis Abdullah of Perlis with a total lift of 191kg in the under-64kg category at the Precinct 11 Community Centre in Putrajaya yesterday.

Anis took silver with 171kg while Johor’s Qisvena Abdullah came in third with 142kg.

The total lift is 11kg heavier than her previous national mark of 180kg but it will not be recognised.

The 19-year-old’s 85kg in snatch and 106kg in the clean and jerk should have been new national records.

The previous mark of 80kg in snatch was set by Syazwani at this year’s national junior championships while Anis lifted 103kg in clean and jerk at the same meet.

But Syazwani’s feats will not be recorded as national marks as the technical officials are not accredited following the Malaysian Weightlifting Federation (MWF)’s decision to withdraw all their licensed staff after three athletes tested positive for doping on Monday.

For someone who finished fourth at the last edition in Perak, Syazwani was just grateful although her new marks were not recognised.

“I’m shocked with the gold because I fought against a top lifter like Nurul. She was the favourite to win the gold but yesterday, my thought was just to lift the best,” said Syazwani.

“It is also sweet because in the 2018 Sukma, I finished fourth and this year, I won the gold. I guess the four-year wait was worth it.

“I just wanted to complete all my six lifts. I’m glad that I did all six of them without any fuss.”

She said the result has given her confidence that she has the potential to break the national record in the future.

“It is sad, for sure, because you lifted your best, but it is not recognised. I knew about the change of the ruling earlier, but I just wanted to outdo myself,” said Syazwani, who is training full time in Bukit Pinang.

“At least now I know I can break the record in upcoming competitions sanctioned by MWF.

“Next year, I hope to be part of the SEA Games in Cambodia.”

RESULTS

MEN

Under 81kg: 1. Mohd Erry Hidayat (FT) 311kg, 2. Mohd Hafizuddin Roslin (Per) 304kg, 3. Mohd Hazwan Abdul Wahab (Pen) 255kg.

WOMEN

Under 64kg: 1. Nur Syazwani Radzi (Ked) 191kg, 2. Nurul Anis Abdullah (Per) 171kg, 3. Qisvena Abdullah (Joh) 142kg.

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