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It’s A Gold! Weightlifter Aniq Kasdan Does Malaysia Proud At 2022 Commonwealth Games

Malaysia Boleh!

BIRMINGHAM – Malaysia has bagged its first gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games thanks to weightlifter Aniq Kasdan.

The 20-year-old athlete was previously ranked second after he lifted 107kg, just behind India’s Sargar Sanket Mahadev, who lifted 113kg with ease, reported The Star.

Malaysian weightlifters won two golds in commonwealth games 2022
Image via The Star

Unfortunately, Sanket didn’t manage to clear the next two lifts due to an injury during the clean and jerk routine.

This allowed Aniq to snag the gold in the 55kg category if he managed to lift another 142kg. He made good on the opportunity and managed to set a new Games record of 249kg to secure the gold.

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‘A good start’

Following his triumphant win, Aniq expressed gratefulness over his achievement and said that it was a good start for his weightlifting career.

Malaysian weightlifters won two golds in commonwealth games 2022
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I want to dedicate my gold to Malaysia and my family. Thank you to all Malaysians who have always supported my career,” he told Malay Mail.

The Segamat-born weightlifter also shared how his parents encouraged him by reminding him to pray if he was nervous and to remember God as his source of strength.

Meanwhile, weightlifter Muhamad Aznil Bidin won Malaysia’s second gold medal after successfully defending his title in the 61kg category and broke a Games record by lifting a total of 285kg.

Malaysian weightlifters won two golds in commonwealth games 2022
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The weightlifter’s snatch lift was 127kg and 158kg in the clear and jerk routine.

Previously, Aznil was crowned champion in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Editor: Sarah Yeoh