Saturday, July 26, 2014

COMMONWEALTH 2014 GAMES: Zulhelmi delivers first medal

GLASGOW: Weightlifter Zulhelmi Md Pisol delivered Malaysia's first medal of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games when he won the 56kg silver at the Clyde Auditorium early today.

Zulhelmi lifted a combined total of 245kg (snatch 108kg, clean and jerk 137kg) to get Malaysia's chase for medals off and running.

"I am proud to have delivered the first medal for Malaysia. I was hoping it would be gold but silver will do just fine," said Zulhelmi, 20.

India's Sukhen Dey (248kg) and Ganesh Mali (244kg) won the gold and bronze respectively while another Malaysian, Mohd Faizal Baharom was unclassified after failing to register a lift in the clean and jerk after a 110kg effort in the snatch.

Misfortune struck women weightlifter Sharifah Inani Najwa Syd Anuar when she injured a finger during the warm-up and was forced to withdraw.

In cycling, Azizulhasni Awang was in danger of having flouted Games' rules by expressing support for Gaza after qualifying for the men's sprint quarter-final following a sensational win over England's Philip Hindes.

Azizul, who is chasing gold in Glasgow after having been disqualified for overly aggressive riding after winning the keirin title in the 2010 New Delhi Games, had 'Save Gaza' inscribed on his gloves at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

This was in breach of Games regulations which seek to avoid its competitions from being used as political platforms.

The Commonwealth Games Federation said it would contact Malaysian chef de mission Datuk Ong Poh Eng "to discuss the incident and take any action."

Malaysian officials said a statement would be issued after Ong had spoken to Azizul.

The issue aside, Azizul rode a fantastic race to beat Hindes, who was part of the Britain team that won the Olympic team sprint gold in London two years ago.

Azizul, who clocked 10.382 against Hindes, will face New Zealand's Sam Webster in the last eight later today.

Unfortunately Azizul, along with Josiah Ng, Rizal Tisin and Muhammad Edrus Md Yunos, failed to make the team sprint final despite harbouring hopes of a medal performance.

There was no joy for Edrus in the men's sprint either as he had narrowly missed out on the knockout stage after clocking the 13th fastest time of 10.257 in qualifying. Only the top 12 advanced to the first round. Rizal had clocked 10.575 in qualifying for the 20th fastest time in the field of 28 riders.

There was no medal for Fatehah Mustapa either as she finished fifth in the 500m time trial.

Fatehah set a new personal best of 34.667 seconds and was satisfied despite not becoming the first Malaysian woman to win a cycling bronze.

"I gave it my best and lost to a world class field," said Fatehah, who saw her idol Anna Meares of Australia setting a new Commonwealth Games record of 33.435 en route to winning the gold.

*Taken from NST Online

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