- Published on Thursday, 23 March 2017 15:11
Malaysian para athletes have been making waves in the international arena and continue to do so with a national para powerlifter breaking a world record in Dubai, recently.
Bonnie Bunyau Gustin broke the World Junior IPC Powerlifting record and simultaneously grabbed the gold medal at the 8th Para Powerlifting World Cup held from February 25 to March 4, Borneo Post reports.
The 17-year-old lifted 141kg in the junior category up to 65kg, surpassing his personal best and the previous record of 127kg set by Amir Sajjad Youssefi Zadeh of Iran.
“He trains very hard and we are proud of his achievement.
“Bonnie is still new but his ability to break the junior world record is something very impressive, with his current performance he is at the top of his game and that I foresee a good future in his career,” team coach Mohammad Sahibullah Ambi reportedly said.
Following his success, Bonnie is setting his sights on becoming a Malaysian contingent at this year’s ASEAN Para Games and the Paralympics in Tokyo in 2020.
“I’ll give it all my best to improve in making everyone proud,” he pledged.
Other than Bonnie, two other Sarawakian para lifters added to the medal count.
In the women’s 86kg and above category, Norfariza Mortadza lifted 85kg to win the silver medal to accompany the silver medal won by Jong Yee Khie in the men’s open 107kg event with a 197kg performance.
The Para Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai is one of the qualifying events for the World Para Powerlifting Championship to be held in Mexico this September.