Training venue plays huge role in Abdila’s victory


A CHANGE of training venue has done the trick for weightlifter Abdila Iyad Abdul Jalil (pic).

The athlete from Federal Territories had attended a one-month centralised camp in Kampung Kesang Tua in Jasin, Melaka and that led him to winning the under-96kg category at the Malaysia Games (Sukma) at the Precinct 11 Community Complex in Putrajaya.

The venue in Melaka became the centre of global attention when weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines went on to win a gold medal in the women’s 55kg category of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics held last year, after training there.

Hidilyn arrived in Malaysia in January last year but found herself stranded after travel ban was imposed following the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 19-year-old Abdila who was participating in his first Sukma, took the gold with a total lift of 285kg, his personal best so far since taking up the sport five years ago. His previous best was 280kg.

His total was a whopping 30kg ahead of silver medallist from Sarawak’s Mohd Hussein Omar Maayah. The bronze medal went to Perak’s Nur Syahmi Mohd Nazri, who lifted 250kg.

Abdila said he was happy he persevered during the training.

“It was one tough camp as it was hot every day, we were drained but it was worth it. I believe the training there helped me a lot,” said Abdila, who used to compete in discus throw and rugby during his school days before taking up weightlifting fully at the age of 14.

“I actually had a chance to chat with Hidilyn, who was in the Philippines when we trained. She wished us good luck and told us to savour the experience in Jasin.

He added that he was satisfied because he was able to improve on his personal best without using any performance-enhancing products.

“I now hope to be with the national team. I want to follow in the footsteps of my senior and best buddy Erry Hidayat. He has inspired me to be where I am today,” he said.

“When he shared his experiences in the SEA Games and Commonwealth, I wished I was there too. It is time for me to push for such experiences.”

RESULTS

MEN

Under-96kg: 1. Abdila Iyad Abdul Jalil (FT) 285kg, 2. Mohd Hussein Omar Maayah (Swk) 255kg, 3. Nur Syahmi Mohd Nazri (Prk) 250kg

Over-96kg: 1. Mohd Hafiz Shamsuddin (Prk) 336kg, 2. Mohd Hanafi Hamizi Abd Ghani (Ter) 328kg, 3. Ahmad Fadhil Ahmad Janius (FT) 310kg

WOMEN

Under-81kg: 1. Nur Shafika Shamsuddin (Ter) 184kg, 2. Mimi Syazwani Zainal Abidin (Joh) 176kg, 3. Nur Nabila Najwa Hanim (Kel) 171kg

Over-81kg: 1. Sonia Cassandra Anak Masne (Joh) 208kg, 2. Siti Aqilah Farhanah Draman (Ter) 207kg, 3. Nur Izwani Suryani Sabari (Pah) 200kg.

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