Sports Features 11 Dec 2021
After taking the bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Games, Rahmat Erwin Abdullah made another breakthrough by taking two gold medals in the 2021 IWF World Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Competing in the men 73kg category, Rahmat had 343kg of total lift after lifting 151kg in snatch and 192kg in clean & jerk.
The result put him in first place for clean & jerk and total lift. In the snatch, Rahmat finished fifth behind Briken Calja, Suttipong Jeeram, Sergei Petrov, and Erkand Qerimaj.
Head coach Dirja Wihardja said the medals showed Rahmat's consistency in this year's competition as he improved 1 kilogram in total lift compared to previous lift during the Tokyo 2020 Games.
While Head of Performance Development of the Indonesian Weightlifting Association (PABSI) Hadi Wihardja said Rahmat won because of the strategy applied in the competition.
"We managed to apply the right strategy for Rahmat and made him the World Champion. His father also trained and accompanied him in the event," Hadi said.
Rahmat took the bronze medal in Tokyo after lifting 150kg in snatch and 190kg in clean & jerk.
The future looks bright for Indonesia in weightlifting as other athletes showed promising results. The 17-year-old Satrio Adi Nugroho finished ninth in the 55kg category with 238kg total lift, trailed by 22kg from eventual winner Kazakhstan's Arly Chontey.
In the 61kg category, the 18-year-old Muhammad Faathir took sixth place with 271kg total lift or 17kg behind the winner Shin Rok of Republic Korea. Mohammad Yasin finished 10th in the 67kg with 299kg in total.
In the women category, Siti Nafisatul Hariroh became Indonesia's best weightlifter after finishing fourth in the 49kg category with 170kg total lift.