Rahmat Erwin Abdullah, an Indonesian weightlifter, set a new Olympic record in Tokyo 2020 and claimed it was “very easy.”
R. Abdullah Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
During the group B session for the 73-kilogram weight class, Rahmat lifts 190 kilogrammes in the clean and jerk. He feels this will be enough to win a medal.
“I have an injury in my right thigh, else I would have tried 195 and possibly 200 in my last attempt,” he says.
In the 73-kilogram clean-and-jerk event, Indonesian weightlifter Rahmat Erwin Abdullah tied the Olympic record on Wednesday morning in Tokyo, lifting 190 kg.
The 20-year-old lifted 152 kilogrammes in the snatch event, for a total of 342 kilogrammes, and is now expecting to win a medal when the later session is through.
I had no Trouble at all [Squatting] 190.
“I have an issue in my right thigh, so I can’t try 195 or 200 in my last attempt,” Rahmat said to Reuters at the Tokyo International Forum.
Rahmat deserved the honour because he had to spend the previous year and a half “living in the training compound” because of the Covid-19 pandemic, therefore participating in these events was a reward.
Everything I do, from eating to sleeping to working out, takes place in the same place. He explained, “I hope my efforts will result in a medal today.”
Rahmat, who Stands at an Impressive 1.58 Metres, Comes from a Distinguished Family.
He is a multi-medal winner, having taken first place at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines and the 2020 and 2021 Asian Junior Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and Pyongyang, North Korea, respectively (2019).
In Tokyo, Rahmat also finished 22 kilogrammes ahead of his nearest competitor in the Group B session, which involves competitors who have recorded lighter weights in the category.
Zhiyong Shi of China, who owns the world records in the snatch (169 kilogrammes), clean and jerk (198 kilogrammes), and total (363 kilogrammes), will compete in the Group A session on Wednesday evening.