Re­duced weight ben­e­fits Hafifi

New Straits Times - - Sport -

WEIGHTLIFTER Hafifi Man­sor had to drop 3kg in two-days just to make his 69kg cat­e­gory at the 2017 Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional and Open but it was all worth it as he col­lected two gold medals yes­ter­day.

Go­ing into the tour­na­ment with­out any tar­get or ex­pec­ta­tion, the 27-year-old recorded 132kg in the snatch and 175kg in the clean and jerk for a to­tal of 307kg to edge Kiri­bati’s Ruben Ka­toatau and Aus­tralia’s number one weightlifter Bran­don Wake­l­ing.

“For this tour­na­ment, there was def­i­nitely no tar­get be­cause ini­tially we thought that I was com­pet­ing to­mor­row (to­day) but then we found out that it was Fri­day in­stead (due to a change in the com­pe­ti­tion sched­ule) so I had to diet and not eat for like two-days to meet the weight,” said Hafifi.

Be­sides Hafifi, Muham­mad Azroy Hazal Wafie and Muham­mad Zaidi Mohd Nordin also ex­celled as they snatched gold and sil­ver medals re­spec­tively.

Azroy, who rep­re­sented Malaysia at the 2016 Rio Olympics, edged Fiji’s Manueli Tulo and El­son Brechte­feld of Nauru, into sec­ond and third places re­spec­tively.

The 23-year-old recorded a lift of 106kg in the snatch and 132kg in the clean and jerk for a 238kg to­tal.

In the 62kg cat­e­gory, Ke­lan­tanese Zaidi placed sec­ond with a 14kg deficit from 2016 Ocea­nia Weightlifting Cham­pi­onship vic­tor Morea Baru from Pa­pua New Guinea.

Baru recorded 115kg in the snatch and 160kg in the clean and jerk for a 275kg to­tal while 2016 Malaysia Games gold medal­list Zaidi lifted 111kg in the snatch and 150kg in the clean and jerk for a 261kg to­tal.

New Zealand’s Ianne Guinares was third (259kg). Farah Azharie

Hafifi Man­sor

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