TAPAH: When Nurul Afiqah Zamzuri tried her hand in weightlifting, her parents were against it.
However, the Terengganu-born proved that her decision to take up the sport seriously was the right choice when she won a gold medal at the Malaysia Games on Friday.
The hijab-clad Nurul Afiqah lifted 81kg to win the women’s 48kg clean and jerk at the Merdeka Hall here.
Nilcy Tunik of Sabah finished second (80kg) while Pahang’s Siti Zaleha Yusop took bronze (75kg).
“In the beginning, my family didn’t like my decision to take up weightlifting. They said “tak molek” (not appropriate) for a female to be involved in weightlifting.
“I started four years ago but it was only after I won a silver medal at the Games in 2016, that my family began to accept my decision,” she said.
Nurul Afiqah said her passion for the sport was sparked after seeing many of her friends being active in weightlifting.
“I thank my coach Azmir A Rahman was helping me excel in the sport,” said the 18-year-old.
Nurul Afiqah also won a bronze medal in the snatch category with 60kg.
Pahang’s Siti Zaleha Yusop (62kg) won the gold while Nur Syafiqah Athirah Zaridi of Perak (61kg) took the silver medal.
“I have to admit I was nervous during the snatch event. But, I redeemed myself in the clean and jerk