In an inspiring display of strength and skill, Mohamad Aniq Kasdan, a 21-year-old weightlifter from Johor, secured two medals at the International Weightlifting Championship in Doha, Qatar. Aniq's remarkable performance included winning a silver medal in the 'clean & jerk' event for the 61-kilogram category and a bronze medal for the overall event. Exhibiting his impressive lifting prowess, Aniq managed a lift of 170 kilograms in the clean & jerk and 126 kilograms in the snatch, amounting to a total combined lift of 296 kilograms.
Boost for Olympic Qualification
This outstanding achievement is a significant boost for Aniq, who is currently on a quest to rank among the world's top 10 weightlifters to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics. This success puts him on track and brightens his chances of earning a spot at this highly esteemed global sporting event. His commitment and dedication are reflected in his continuing improvements, with his results at this championship surpassing his previous performance at the World Championships in Riyadh by a considerable 5 kilos.
Despite the intense competition, Aniq held his ground and performed exceptionally. The North Korean representative, Pak Myong-jin, claimed the top spot, securing the gold medal with a total lift of 305 kilograms. However, Aniq's endeavor to rank among the top ten when the rankings are updated remains undeterred.
A Testament to Dedication
Undoubtedly, Aniq's accomplishments stand as a testament to his dedication and perseverance. His success is likely to have a positive ripple effect on his Olympic qualification journey, further propelling him to reach his ambitious goals. The young weightlifter's journey serves as a beacon of inspiration for many, demonstrating that dedication, commitment, and hard work indeed pay off.