Weightlifter Wins Malaysia's First Gold At The 2018 Commonwealth Games

He also broke a Commonwealth Games record!

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Weightlifter Wins Malaysia's First Gold At The 2018 Commonwealth Games
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Amidst all the hype around a certain local movie about a certain creepy woman and a certain British reality TV show teaching us how a certain Malaysian dish should taste like, some of us probably overlooked a major sporting event that is currently happening.

Remember when Malaysia hosted the Commonwealth Games back in 1998?

20 years later, the 2018 Commonwealth Games officially kicked off on Wednesday (4 April) at Gold Coast, Australia and a total of 175 Malaysian athletes - 99 men and 76 women - are there representing the country in 16 different events.

And we are proud to report that Malaysia has bagged our first gold medal on the opening day of the Games today!

Weightlifter Azroy Hazal Wafie Izhar Ahmad broke the Commonwealth Games record to win the men’s 56kg weightlifting title.

The 24-year-old from Pahang lifted a total of 261kg in his Commonwealth Games debut, beating India's Gururaja by lifting 12kg more.

Along the way, he broke the 260kg record previously set by his coach Amirul Hamizan who had won the gold medal in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England.

Not only that, Azroy had also beat an eight-year record set by Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim in the 2010 Games in New Delhi, India by registering 117kg in the 56kg snatch event.

Congratulations, Azroy! And we look forward to seeing more victories from the Malaysian contingent!

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