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Hafifi Mansor & Azroy Hazalwafie bag golds in 2018 Commonwealth qualifier

Malaysia’s weightlifters Hafifi Mansor and Azroy Hazalwafie successfully clinched golds at the Commonwealth qualifier that took place in Gold Coast, Australia.

Azroy Hazalwafie aced the men’s 56kg category to bag gold.

Hafifi Mansor contested in the 69kg category, lifting 137kg in snatch and 170kg in clean and jerk to ace the event.

Hafifi Mansor was ruled out of the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games after he was deemed “not active enough”.

After that set-back, Hafifi shifted his focus towards the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth qualifier – and it looks like his handwork has paid off.

Both Hafifi and Azroy have secured their spots in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next year.

 

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Malaysian weightlifter’s KL 2017 gold medal hopes handed major boost

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Malaysian weightlifter Hafifi Mansor’s aspirations of winning gold at the upcoming SEA Games have been given a huge boost after it was revealed that one of his arch rivals will not be competing in Kuala Lumpur.

Triyanto, who represented Indonesia at the Rio Olympic Games last year, is reportedly set to give the Games a miss, leaving Hafifi with only one main challenger to deal with – Thailand’s Tairat Bunsuk.

“Triyanto and Tairat are my main challengers. When they told me that Triyanto would not be joining the SEA Games due to issues with his coach, I knew that my chances of winning a gold medal improved.

“If it’s true, the battle for gold will only involve me and Tairat now,” he told Harian Metro.

That said, Hafifi himself is awaiting approval from the National Sports Institute on whether he’d be fit enough to compete at the SEA Games. He picked up a thigh injury while lifting 190kg during a training session in China last month.

“What’s important is that I need to avoid from picking up another injury on the same area. The doctor has done the relevant check-ups and now it mainly depends on the officers who conduct my physiotheraphy sessions,” he added.

 

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Malaysia bags gold in Australian International Weightlifting Championship

Malaysia’s Azroy Wafie has bagged gold at the Australian Open International Weightlifting Championships 2017.

Malaysia’s lifter Azroy Wafie participated in the 56 kg category, where he lifted a total of 238 kg to emerge overall champion.

Azroy’s fellow compatriot Muhammad Zaidi finished second in the 62 kg category, where he soldiered though 261 kg to bag a silver medal and do the country proud.

The Australian Open Weightlifting Championships is currently taking place in Melbourne at the Victorian Weightlifting Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

The tournament, which is happening from March 17 to March 19, will also serve as the qualifying tournament for the Commonwealth Games which would be held in Gold Coast, Australia in April 2018.

More to come…

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#Rio2016: Armenian weightlifter Karapetyan suffers gruesome elbow injury

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It looked like a normal routine for Armenia’s Andranik Karapetyan when he attempted to carry 195kg in the clean and jerk event to hunt for a bronze in the 77kg category.

He ended up injuring himself in the process, as his left elbow seemed to be protruding out after he dropped the weights in agony to receive assistance from the medical staffs.

Karapetyan was later rushed to a nearby hospital via an ambulance and his teammates were visibly upset after the horrific incident.

Kazakhstan’s Nijat Rahimov clinched the gold in the event, while Lyu Xiaojun of China won silver and Egypt’s Mohamed Mahmoud got bronze.

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#Rio2016: Hafifi breaks national record despite missing podium spot

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National weightlifter, Hafifi Mansor broke his own national record with an overall lift of 316kg in the 69kg category at the Rio Olympics.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist lifted 140kg in the snatch, before lifting 176kg in the clean and jerk to wipe out his previous record of 313kg at the 2011 World Weightlifting Championships in Paris.

However, the 25-year-old only managed to finish 13th out of 21 competitors, with Shi Zhiyong (352kg) of China clinching the gold, Turkey’s Daniyar Ismayilov (351kg) won silver, and Izzat Artykov (339kg) of Kyrgyzstan occupied third.

“Even though I’m feeling disappointed, but I’m still satisfied with the fact that my training stint in China has bear its fruits.

“I’ll be focusing on the 2017 SEA Games after this,” he said, as quoted by Utusan Online.

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#Rio2016: Hafifi eager to rock the stage in Rio

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National weightlifter, Mohd Hafifi Mansor has expressed a strong desire to claim center stage at Riocentro – Pavilion 2 to prove his worth in his Olympic debut.

The Terengganu-born athlete can’t conceal his happiness after missing out on Beijing 2008 and London 2012 due to injuries.

According to Hafifi, his main objectives is to break the national record for 69kg and at least making it to the top 8 in Rio.

Besides that, he is having a good preparation which will boost his confidence for the main event, despite knowing that he’ll face some tough competition.

Photo credit: Terengganu Daily
Photo credit: Terengganu Daily

“This Olympic participation is very meaningful for me personally, and my mother has waited for a long time to see me in action at the prestigious sporting event.

“I couldn’t join the Olympics before this due to injuries and now I’m able to after going through some hardships.

“As for now, my preparations are going well in China and I hope the whole of Malaysia will pray for my success at the Olympics,” he told Utusan Malaysia.

The Malaysian Weightlifting Federation named Hafifi as Malaysia’s representative in Rio after securing a spot in Uzbekistan on April, making him the first weightlifter to compete at the Olympics after Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim in Beijing 2008.

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Hafifi ready for Rio after ‘torturous’ training in Foshan

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National weightlifting champion, Hafifi Mansor is hoping that the seven-week ‘torture’ he have to endure in Foshan, China will be fruitful for his Olympic quest in Rio.

The 25-year-old will compete in the 69kg category, after securing a spot to Rio from a team event in Uzbekistan, making this his first appearance in the prestigious sporting event.

“I still have a week’s worth of training to be done here. It is hard to describe the heavy training here, but whatever it is, I am ready for Rio.

“It’s hard to predict what is going to happen during the competition as there are other world class weightlifters who will be taking part, but I’ll definitely try my best,” said Hafifi, as quoted by Harian Metro.

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Photo credit: Bernama

The Malaysia Weightlifting Federation (PABM) has set a target for the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist to be among the top 8 in the competition.

“I hope I can break my own national record, which is 325kg,” he added.

Hafifi will be the nation’s first weightlifting representative in the Olympics since Beijing 2008, when Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim took part in the 56kg category, finishing 8th in overall.

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Hafifi wins Malaysia’s only gold in Commonwealth meet

Weightlifter Mohd Hafifi Mansor became Malaysia’s unlikely hero after delivering the only gold for the nation in the senior category at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in Pune, India.

The 24 year-old lifted 132 kg in the snatch and 171kg in the clean and jerk to win men’s 69kg category, with teammate Mohd Aznil Mohd Nor taking the silver. Sri Lanka’s M. Dissayanake bagged the bronze.

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Photo credits: zimbio.com

Hafifi now has done himself a timely boost ahead of next year’s Olympics in Brazil, with him being ranked 23rd in the world. Weightlifters who wish to qualify for the Olympics will have to be inside the top 15.

He is now aiming to do well in the Houston World Championships, from November 20-29.

For the record, Hafifi has maintained Malaysia’s consistent record of winning the gold at Commonwealth Games since 1998.