Wins top award at inaugural Penang women’s meet
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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.
‘Best Weightlifter of the Championship’ winner Thurgashree Thanabalasingam (holding trophy) together with other podium finishers and officials.