Brunei Darussalam’s powerlifters Abdul Hakim Idzharudin and Abdul Mateen Amirrudin etched their names in the record books after they achieved a world record in their respective classes in the Malaysia Powerlifting Alliance (MPA) Strength Assembly Meet in Petaling Jaya, Selangor recently.
Abdul Hakim powered through to an under-60kg open deadlift world record en route to a gold medal in the under-60kg, having obtained first place overall.
His teammate 19-year old Abdul Mateen accompanied his feat of setting a world record in the under-56kg teenage deadlift with a gold medal around his neck.
Both the world record powerlifters previously made their world record marks in the last edition of the event in 2018 which saw Abdul Hakim topping the overall male lifter en route to world records in the under 60kg sleeveless division.
Abdul Mateen previously belted two world records in squat at 155kg and deadlift at 260kg two lifts in the sub-junior deadlift at 180kg and 112.5kg squat in the sleeveless sub junior for under-60kg in the 18-19 year-old category.
The Brunei team enjoyed success across various classes with Iskandar Shah Azman storming to gold in the under-75kg and overall second place; Nuruljannah Ahman struck gold in the under 67.5 kg and Muhammad Ongyod Latif winning gold in the under 67.5kg category.
The team’s other medallists were Hadi Shahrin who brought home the silver medal in under-60kg and Suhail Suaib who bagged the bronze medal in the under-60kg.
Other powerlifters included Abdul Aziz Salleh who participated in the under-70kg, Muhd Nazhif Redzuan and Ahmad Muadz Abdullah both in the under-90 kg.
Handlers Rofini Zainal and Wafiy Rosli and team manager Abyan Halid accompanied the team. This year’s meet attracted 124 powerlifters from Brunei Darussalam, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, Thailand, Trinidad and Ukraine.
Malaysia Powerlifting Alliance is the leading powerlifting competition organiser and platform in Malaysia and Asia. The meet is one of the main powerlifting competitions in the annual series.