Malaysian para-powerlifting sensation, Bonnie Bunyau Gustin, reaffirmed his dominance in the sport by shattering his own world record at the World Championships held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Thursday (24 Aug).
Bonnie breaks his own world record
Taking to the platform in the men’s over-72 kg division, Gustin raised the bar with a phenomenal lift of 231kg, securing him the coveted gold medal.
This remarkable feat surpassed his previous best of 230kg, which he established at the 2021 World Cup, also in Dubai.
The competition trailed behind with Italy’s Donato Telesca securing silver with a 202kg lift, while Uzbekistan’s Bekzod Jamilov took home the bronze with 200kg.
Gustin is no stranger to rewriting the record books. In 2021, he made history by setting a Paralympic record with a 228kg lift, bagging Malaysia’s inaugural powerlifting gold at the Tokyo Paralympics.
He continued this golden trajectory by marking a new record of 230kg to clinch the world title later that same year.
Further showcasing his unmatched skills, Gustin clinched the lightweight gold at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games last year.
His performance there, which included impressive lifts ranging from 210kg to 220kg, culminated in a record-breaking 154.6 points for the Games.