THURGASHREE

Wins top award at in­au­gu­ral Pe­nang women’s meet

New Straits Times - - Sport -

K. KANDIAH nst­sport@nst.com.my

THURGASHREE Than­a­bal­asingam, 11, was judged as the ‘Best Weightlifter of the Cham­pi­onship’ at the 1st Pe­nang Closed Women Weightlifting Cham­pi­onship held at the De­wan SJK (T) Kam­pong Baru, Bukit Mertajam in Se­berang Prai Ten­gah re­cently.

The event was hosted by SJK (T) Kam­pung Baru Bukit Mertajam with the co­op­er­a­tion of the state ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment, Pe­nang Am­a­teur Weightlifting As­so­ci­a­tion and the state sports coun­cil, and with sup­port of the Con­vent Bukit Mertajam Alumni.

Thurgashree hugged her mother when her name was an­nounced as the win­ner of the top award.

The SJK (T) Kam­pung Baru Year Five pupil said she had not ex­pected to win the award as the field of se­nior lifters, in­clud­ing her sis­ter Lo­gassree, had more ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I will cher­ish it for­ever. This is my mother’s be­lated Mother’s Day gift,” said Thurgashree.

The petite lass, who weighs 28.3kg and hails from a fam­ily of weightlifters, heaved 22kg in the snatch and 32kg in the clean and jerk for a 54kg to­tal for the gold medal in the 45kg cat­e­gory.

SMK Machang Bubuk’s Azzemah Mohd Azmi and Nur Fathi­hah Ab­dul­lah of SMK Con­vent Bukit Mertajam fin­ished sec­ond and third by lift­ing 45kg and 36kg re­spec­tively.

Thurgashree’s sis­ter, 15-yearold Lo­gassree made it sweet for her fam­ily when she won the gold in the be­low 53kg cat­e­gory, in the pres­ence of her fam­ily mem­bers and, her men­tor, coach and fa­ther Than­a­bal­asingam, who is also the Pe­nangi coach.

Lo­gassree, who was a gold medal­list at the Sarawak Malaysia Games, lifted 52kg in the snatch and 68kg in the clean and jerk for a 120kg to­tal and the gold medal. Nu­rul Husna Abd Wa­had of SMK Tok Labu and Nur Anisa Hazi­rah Nor Az­izan of SMK Con­vent BM lifted 66kg and 43kg re­spec­tively to col­lect the sil­ver and bronze medals.

RE­SULTS — 45kg: 1 Thurgashree Than­a­bal­asingam (SJK (T) Kam­pung Baru) 54kg, 2 Azzemah Mohd Azmi (SMK Machang Bubuk) 45kg, 3 Nur Fathi­hah Ab­dul­lah (SMK Con­vent BM) 36kg.

Be­low 53kg: 1 Lo­gassree Than­a­bal­asingam (SMK Con­vent BM) 120kg, 2 Nu­rul Husna Abd Wa­had (SMK Tok Labu) 66kg, 3 Nur Anisa Hazi­rah Nor Az­izan (SMK Con­vent BM) 43kg.

Above 53kg: 1 Fa­reeza Mohd Azmi (SMK Machang Bubuk) 106kg, 2 Nur Ai­naa Je­lani (SMK Con­vent BM) 54kg, 3 Intan Farhah Mais­ara Md Shaker (SMK Con­vent BM) 52kg.

PIC BY K. KANDIAH

‘Best Weightlifter of the Cham­pi­onship’ win­ner Thurgashree Than­a­bal­asingam (hold­ing tro­phy) to­gether with other podium fin­ish­ers and of­fi­cials.

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