Asian Para Games: Record breaking Bonnie, Ammar power to gold

KUALA LUMPUR: Powerlifter Bonnie Bunyau Gustin completed a trifecta of major multi-sport games gold medals after emerging victorious at the Hangzhou Asian Para Games today.

The Sarawakian cleared 210, 220 and 230 kilogrammes - the latter being a new games record - en route to winning the men's Under-72kg class gold at the Xiaoshan Sports Centre Gymnasium.

China's Hu Peng settled for second on 208kg while Uzbekistan's Bekzon Jamilov (204kg) completed the podium.

The previous games record of 229kg had been set by Iranian Roohallah Rostami.

The gold completes Bonnie's collection of global and continental titles.

He won at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics (held in 2021), the World Championships in 2019 and 2021 as well as the Asia-Oceania Championships and Birmingham Commonwealth Games which were both held last year.

Bonnie, who won silver on his Asian Para Games debut in 2018 (Indonesia), was all smiles after his win.

His brother Bryan Junency Gustin will also be competing in the Under-80kg in Hangzhou later today.

"Bryan's presence helped me in winning this gold medal. I hope this gold will inspire him to win a medal for his events later," Bonnie told Bernama.

"In any case, I am very happy with today's success because I also broke the games record."

Bonnie, 24, is of diminutive stature and stands at 132cm.

In athletics, Ammar Aiman Nor Azmi also did the nation proud after clocking a new Asian and games record of 47.60s en route to winning the men's 400m T20 (intellectual impairment) gold medal.

Indonesia's Alfin Nomleni (49.07s) and Iran's Milad Ramazani Torkamani (50.43s) came in second and third.

Milad previously held the Asian mark of 47.80s which he had set in July.

The men's 400m T36 (movement and coordination impairment) witnessed Ahmad Fizzi Rosni winning bronze in a time of 57.19s.

China's Deng Peicheng (55.17s) won gold while Japan's Takeru Matsumoto (56.65s) claimed silver.

In boccia, Lee Chee Hoong settled for silver in the men's BC2 (movement impairment) after going down 5-3 to Indonesia's Felix Ardi Yudha in the final.

In track cycling, Adi Raimie Amizazahan bagged silver in the men's 3,000m individual pursuit C3 (movement and coordination impairment) after clocking 3:51.541s in the final. Japan's Masaki Fujita (3:44.627s) won the gold.

Yusof Hafizi Shaharuddin claimed bronze in the men's men's 3,000m individual pursuit C1 (movement and coordination impairment) after overlapping Uzbekistan's Bunyod Khayitmakhammadov in the playoff.

The national contingent have won six gold, eight silver and eight bronze in Hangzhou so far.

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