KUCHING – “This is the first gold medal in my whole life” sighed a happy Muhammad Aizat Ahmad Nazim after winning the goal medal in the weightlifting event at the 18th Malaysia Games festival (Sukma) here.
All the sweeter, his exilaration was also feted by his parents, Ahmad Nazim, 49, and Akashah Mat Isa, 49.
Muhammad Aizat successfully hoisted 117 kg in the clean and jerk 50 kg men’s category to beat closest rival Mohamad Harith Lutfie Adnan of Penang who lifted 116 kg.
The bronze medal went to Syazwan Nizam Khadry of Pahang with a lift of 105 kg.
“After being disappointed in the snatch event just now I focused fully on the clean and jerk although I have some shortcomings in the event. This win is due to the strategy of my coach,” said the 21-year-old athlete from Berseri.
Muhammad Aizat was rather disappointed when he failed to achieve the gold medal targeted for the snatch due to his excess weight when he and two other participants, Mohamad Harith Lutfie and Muhammad Zahrul Nizam Zamzuri made the same lift totals of 97 kg each.
Mohamad Harith and Muhammad Zahrul Nizam weighed in at 49.25 kg and 49.50 kg, respectively, and were lighter compared to Muhammad Aizat at 49.78 kg.
“I target two gold medals here. I am confident I can give my best in the two events. I did not shine previously in the clean and jerk. I managed to overcome my weakness in the event, after undergoing 45 days of training in Indonesia,” he added.
According to Muhammad Aizat, he started weightlifting relatively late at 18 years old and only won two bronze medals at his first Sukma in Perlis in the 52 kg category.
He also hoped he would be absorbed into the ‘Kita Juara’ programme with what he achieved here. – BERNAMA