Monday, November 21, 2011

Weightlifting Delivers A Silver, Bronze

PALEMBANG, Nov 19 (Bernama) -- The national weight-lifting squad today delivered a silver and bronze at the Badminton Stadium in Jakabaring here today.

National weight-lifter Abdul Azim Najimi, 25, clinched the silver in the 105kg and above category through the combined event of the 'snatch' and the 'clean and jerk' while Firdaus Abdul Razak bagged the bronze in the 94-105kg category in the men's 'clean and jerk'.

Abdul Azim, who was making his debut in the SEA Games, was disappointed in missing the gold.

"I was targeting the gold but the Thai participant was better," he told Bernama.

He said the lack of experience at international level could be a factor for his defeat.

"The last major event I took part was the Malaysia Games in Melaka last year. I hope there will be more opportunities for me at international tournaments to gain experience," said the Pahang-born athlete.

Abdul Azim who lifted an overall weight of 345kg, was behind Thailand's Surapong Watthanakasikam who took the gold medal by lifting 361kg. Richard Pep Agosto of the Philippines clinched the bronze with 330kg.

He however, pledged to improve and grab the gold medal in the SEA Games in Myanmar, in two years.

Meanwhile, another weightlifter Fridaus, 24, was satisfied with his achievement even though it was a bronze medal, when he cleared 328kg in the 'clean and jerk' event.

The gold was won by a Thai at 353kg, while Bayu Saputra of the host country clinched the silver with 338kg.


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