Sunday, October 17, 2010

Injury May Prevent Weightlifter Amirul From Competing In Guangzhou

SEPANG, Oct 14 (Bernama) -- Amirul Hamizan, winner of Malaysia's first gold medal of the New Delhi Commonwealth Games, may not see action in the Guangzhou Asian Games next month due to a nagging thigh injury.

The Pahang lad who managed to lift 116kg in the Snatch and 141kg in Clean & Jerk for a total of 257kg to win the gold in the 56kg weight class, said he had to take pain killers to enable him to compete in New Delhi.

"I am not certain if I can compete in Guangzhou next month for fear that I may aggravate the injury.

"But I will discuss with my coach and seek advise from the National Sports Institute (ISN) before making a final decision," he said.

Amirul who won his third consecutive gold medal in the Commonwealth Games after wins at the 2002 Manchester Games and 2006 Melbourne Games, has a personal best of 267kg which he had set during the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

"My previous best in Snatch was 121kg while I managed 146kg in Clean & Jerk. If not for the injury on my right thigh, I would have managed a better lift. But I am happy to have won the country's first gold medal," he said after arriving at KLIA, Sepang with the weightlifting team Thursday.

The weightlifting team came home from New Delhi with two gold, a silver and two bronze medals.

Apart from Amirul, Sabahan Aricco Jumitih took the gold in the men's 62kg weight class while the silver came through Naharuddin Mahayuddin, also in the 62kg.

Mohd Hafifi Mansor (men's 69kg) and Raihan Yusof (women's 53kg) completed the medal haul.

Meanwhile, deputy Youth and Sports minister Datuk Razali Ibrahim hoped the Malaysian contingent can keep the momentum going during the Asian Games in China from Nov 12-27.


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