BRISBANE, April 10 — National powerlifter Jong Yee Khie took the silver medal in the men’s heavyweight powerlifting at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
In the final event held at Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre today, Yee Khie lifted 188.7kg to take second place in the event that was won by Abdul Azeez Ibrahim from Nigeria with a lift of 191.9kg while Sachin Chaidhary from India won the bronze with a lift of 181.0kg.
The hairstylist from Batu Kawa, Kuching, Sarawak, managed to lift 220kg, 8kg heavier than his personal best of 212kg.
“I was targeting a medal of any colour. I just tried my best because before I came here, my target was to do 215kg.
“I have done more than that because in the second attempt, I felt the weight was lighter and told the coach (Jamil Adam), that I wanted to try and lift 220kg,” he said.
National powerlifting head coach, Jamil Adam noted this was a tremendous performance displayed by Yee Khie and he was confident that the athlete would give better efforts in the coming Para Asian Games.
“We went all out today. We lost just because of the body weight. But Yee Khie had shown tremendous improvement.
“This is a success for Malaysians and particularly for para athletes. This has boosted Yee Khie’s spirits to do even better,” he added.
Meanwhile, another Malaysian powerlifter, Bonnie Bunyau Gustin finished fourth in his debut at the Commonwealth Games.
Although he missed the bronze medal, the 18-year-old Sarawakian broke his World Junior Para Powerlifting record of 157kg twice after lifting 161kg and 166kg in the men’s lightweight category.
“The competition today was very stiff especially when the lifters had to compete with athletes who had won the gold medals in previous Paralympic games.
“This is my first Commonwealth Games and I must confess that I had learnt many valuable lessons here. I also succeeded in breaking the world youth record as well as my personal best by lifting 166kg,” he said.
Nigeria took the gold and silver through Roland Ezuruike and Paul Kehinde while England’s Ali Jawad took the bronze. — Bernama