KUALA PERLIS, May 27 (Bernama) -- Pahang strongmen Mohamad Taufiq Idham Razali and Mohamad Shahrizal Abd Razak gave their state a flying start in the SUKMA weightlifting competition by sweeping the men's 52kg snatch, clean & jerk gold medals at Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara (IKBN), here, Tuesday.
Mohamad Taufiq, just 16, took the clean & jerk gold with a lift of 111kg while Mohamad Shahrizal cleared 90kg in the snatch.
"I had targetted both the snatch and clean & jerk gold medals but the difference in the surface at the lifting area made it difficult. We normally used a rubberized platform but the competition venue used a wooden platform which was a little slippery for me.
"Nevertheless, there will be other SUKMA games where I can still attempt. This is my first SUKMA and I managed to lift 111kg which is my personal best lift," said the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Rompin student who hopes to emulate his idol Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim, winner of the gold medal at the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games in India.
Amirul had cleared 141kg in the clean & jerk.....