Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Amirul Wins Malaysia's First Gold Medal In New Delhi CWG

From Frank Julian Martin

NEW DELHI, Oct 4 (Bernama) -- Weightlifter Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim, 29, lived up to expectations by winning Malaysia's first gold medal of the New Delhi Commonwealth Games when he won the men's 56kg category at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex here Monday.

Amirul, cleared weights of 116kg in the Snatch, 141kg in the Clean & Jerk to accumulate a total weight of 257kg for the gold while India's Sukhen Dey, 21 managed 252kg for the silver with lifts of 112kg (Snatch) and 140kg (Clean & Jerk).

Another Indian lifter V.S. Rao, 29, took the bronze with a total weight of 248kg.

But while Amirul was on cloud nine, his team-mate Mohd Syafiq Ismail, 22 failed miserably when he failed to register any weight in the Clean & Jerk after having managed a 109kg lift in the Snatch.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek who was at the venue, immediately praised Amirul for his feat in giving Malaysia the first gold medal of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.


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