Modest target for Marceeta
Published on: Sunday, September 08, 2019
By: GL Oh
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KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s national back-up weightlifter Marceeta Maryln Marcus has been given a modest target by the national body at the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships to be held in Pattaya, Thailand from Sept 18-27.

National back-up coach and fellow Sabahan, Nicholas Wong, said the 21-year-old Tambunan lass, who trained under him will be competing with some of the world’s best athletes in the women 59kg category.

“It is going to be a very tough competition with some of the top lifters vying for the top honours in Thailand. We have to be realistic as Marceeta is still relatively young.

“She has taken part in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia, and she will still be available for the next Games in 2022, so this trip is more for her to get the right exposure and widen her experience.

“She will be training with me in Rompin, Pahang, from Aug 1 to Sept 14 in preparation for this world championship. 

“Her target in Thailand apart from gaining experience is to improve on her personal bests, which are also the national records,” he said, Saturday.

Marceeta, who has a personal best of 70kg in the snatch and 98kg in clean and jerk, qualified for the world meet after lifting a total of 166kg in Kuching in June this year.

This is going to be her first international outing this year. Her best achievement in the international stage was set at the Pre-Asian Games in Jakarta, February last year where she won a bronze in the 58kg category while in the Commonwealth Games held a couple of months later, she finished in 11th place.

Meanwhile, Sabah Weightlifting Association President Philip Gisan was delighted with Marceeta’s achievement to compete in the world championship.

‘We are very proud that Marceeta managed to qualify for the world championship.

“Hopefully it will be a successful outing for her and she will be able to improve on her personal best with the stiff competition given by the competitors,” he said.


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