SEA Games
Rahmat proves he's every bit an Olympian
 21 May 2022
Writer : NOC Team
Rahmat proves he's every bit an Olympian - Indonesia Olympic Commitee
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Rahmat Erwin Abdullah proved that he's a class above after winning the gold medal in the Men's 73kg event in Weightlifting. The 21-year old, who won a bronze medal in the same event in last year's rescheduled Tokyo Olympics came out swinging from the start.

His first attempt in snatch puts him in first place with a total lift of 142kg. On the second attempt, he improve to 150kg, before finally finishing on 155kg for the snatch attempt.

"I feel normal, somehow the competition was tougher in 2019 [SEA Games Manila]. I feel that I am better than the field," Rahmat said confidently.

In the Clean & Jerk, Rahmat breaks the SEA Games record with a lift of 190kg.

He then attempted a 200kg lift, to break the world record, but fell short.

"I set my target on 200kg, but missed. I should have meet the target," he said after the event.

"I did it in practice, now it's just a matter of translating it to the field," Rahmat added.

Rahmat's gold medal is Indonesia's second gold in Weightlifting. Yesterday (20/5), Eko Yuli won the gold medal in the 61kg event, his sixth overall SEA Games gold medal.

Indonesia have added five gold medals today (21/5). Four other gold medals were won in Men's Kayak Four 500m (Cano/Kayak), Women's Kayak Four 500m (Cano/Kayak), Women's Canoe Four 200m (Cano/Kayak), and in Women's Team Blitz (Chess).

Indonesia currently sits third in the medal standings with 55 gold medals, 73 silvers, and 63 bronzes.

"Until this afternoon we have added five gold medals and two silvers. It's a good start, and we hope to win more in several other events," said Ferry Kono, Indonesia's Chef de Mission (CdM).