Malaysian para powerlifter, Bonnie Bunyau Gustin has made all Malaysians proud for his spectacular performance in the 11th Fazza Dubai Para Powerlifting World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) yesterday (22 June).
Not only did he earned a Gold medal from the competition, Bonnie broke the world record in the men’s over-72kg event by
Bonnie not only bagged the gold medal but also broke the world record in the men’s over-72kg event, and blew his opponents away after successfully lifting 230kg on his second attempt.
Nonetheless, the first runner up was Peng Hu of China, for lifting 214kg and the second runner up was Nnamdi Innocent of Nigeria, for lifting 213kg.
The previous record owner for the event was Roohallah Rostami who lifted 229 kg at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, however, it now belongs to Bonnie!
This was Bonnie’s second consecutive win after earning the gold medal for the country in the same event at the World Para Powerlifting World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand on 7 May.
After this competition, the Sarawak-born athlete is set to represent Malaysia again at the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Meanwhile, Youth and Sports Minister, Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican congratulated Bonnie for his outstanding performance in a Facebook post, where he hope that he will maintain the momentum for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games soon.
Once again, congratulations Bonnie and we are proud of you!