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Sabah lifter bags bronze
Published on: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah's Marceeta Marylynee Marcus won a bronze in the weightlifting event at the Pre-Asian Games in Jakarta on Monday.

She lifted a total of 151kg to finish behind Thailand's Rattanaphon and Acchedya Jagaddhita from Indonesia in the women's 58kg category.

It was a timely boost for her before the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia this April.

Sabah Weightlifting Association President Philip Gisan on Monday congratulated the 20-year-old for the success.

"It was a very good outing with her new status as a national athlete and we hope the success will continue in Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia, which will take place from April 4 to April 15.

"Her third place finish also brought us hope that weightlifting will be listed as one of the core sports again, and we pray for her success in Australia," he said.

Marceeta, who will not be returning from the Pre-Asian Games, but instead will train in Balikpapan before her departure for Australia.

She is the sole weightlifter from Sabah to represent the country after qualifying for the prestigious Games in the women's 58kg based on merit she achieved in the 2016 Senior Commonwealth Championship held in Penang.

She competed in the senior category and finished in second place behind Australian Yamasakai Erika Yuriko Iris with a combined total of 154kg from 67kg in snatch and 87kg in clean and jerk.

Head coach for the national squad, Nicholas Wong, who is also from Sabah, had earlier said they are not setting any medal target for Marceeta in Australia, but hope she will do a personal best in the competition. - GL Oh

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