KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — Malaysia’s powerlifting champion, Bonnie Bunyau Gustin, achieved an awe-inspiring feat at the World Para Powerlifting Championships in Dubai. Competing in the men’s up to 72kg category, he shattered his own world record by lifting a remarkable 231kg, surpassing his previous record of 230kg set in 2021.
Starting with a staggering 210kg on his first attempt, which was nearly three times his own body weight of 71.2kg, Bonnie showcased his immense strength. Undeterred, he continued to push his limits, adding 10kg in the subsequent round to set the new world record.
Italy’s Donato Telesca secured the second place with a lift of 202kg, while Bekzod Jamilov from Uzbekistan claimed the bronze with a lift of 200kg. Bonnie’s exceptional achievement was a testament to his dedication and hard work, as he acknowledged that there was no secret to his success—only unwavering motivation to continuously improve.
Reflecting on the overall competition, China dominated the medal tally with four medals, including three gold and one silver. Great Britain, Vietnam, and Malaysia also secured their place on the podium with one gold medal each.
Bonnie’s remarkable accomplishment not only establishes him as a world-class athlete but also serves as an inspiration for aspiring powerlifters worldwide. His extraordinary performance demonstrates that determination and perseverance are key factors in achieving record-breaking success on the global stage.