Loro ready to take on the heavy­weights

New Straits Times - - Sport -

HAV­ING bagged a brace of gold at the Sarawak Malaysia Games last year, weightlifter Loro Wel­lkin­son is now ready to make his mark among the big boys at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games.

The 21-year-old, who will be com­pet­ing in the men’s 77kg cat­e­gory, has set his sights on mak­ing a memorable de­but by break­ing the na­tional record at the KL Games.

Loro al­ready holds the snatch na­tional record for the 77kg class (145kg) but now wants to break Hafifi Man­sor’s clean and jerk na­tional record which stands at 181kg.

Hafifi, who usu­ally com­petes in the 69kg cat­e­gory, has been known to move up to the 77kg class oc­ca­sion­ally.

“I am re­ally ex­cited. This will be my first Sea Games and I do feel a lit­tle ner­vous think­ing about it some­times,” said Loro.

“I do not want to think about my op­po­nents at the Sea Games, I just want to fo­cus on my own per­for­mance.

“My goal is quite straight­for­ward, I want to im­prove on my per­sonal best and also beat Hafifi’s record.

“At the mo­ment my per­sonal best in the clean and jerk is 171kg and I have to be at my best on the day to break the record.

“If I can do it I will likely be in the medals, but again, I do not want to think about that too much. If it (medal) hap­pens, then it is a bonus for me.”

The Saba­han, who is ex­pected to de­liver at least a bronze at the games, ad­mit­ted that he has been car­ry­ing a nig­gling shoul­der in­jury picked up while com­pet­ing in the Is­lamic Games in Baku (May) but ex­pects to fully re­cover for the Sea Games.

Loro is seen as a bright tal­ent for the fu­ture and was se­lected by the Malaysian Weightlift­ing Fed­er­a­tion as the re­serve lifter for Hafifi at the Rio Olympics last year.

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