Indonesian athletes should emulate lifter Irawan’s spirit: Minister

Eko proves that his effort and high spirit are the capital to qualify for the Olympics. With such a positive result, I hope that Eko would represent Indonesia at the 2024 Olympic Games. I hope Eko, as a senior lifter, would be an example for younger athletes, pa

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Minister of Youth and Sports Zainudin Amali expressed optimism that Indonesian athletes, especially weightlifting participants, would emulate weightlifter Eko Yuli Irawan whose fighting spirit remains undimmed despite age.

The minister made the statement in response to Irawan’s success at the 2022 World Cup in Colombia. The 33-year-old athlete secured two silver medals and a bronze medal in the championship, an opportunity to draw qualification points for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, France.

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“Eko proves that his effort and high spirit are the capital to qualify for the Olympics. With such a positive result, I hope that Eko will represent Indonesia in the 2024 Olympics. I hope that Eko as a senior Lifters would be an example for younger athletes, especially weightlifters,” said Amali in a statement on Thursday.

Irawan’s participation in the last World Championships is his 10th since his first appearance in 2006. The athlete had bagged seven medals, including a gold medal at the 2018 edition of the championship in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, during his participation in the championship.

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Participating in the 61 kilogram category, Irawan bagged two silver medals for the Total Lift and Clean and Jerk and a bronze medal for the Snatch category after recording a total of 300 kilograms of lift (165 kilograms of clean and jerk and 135 kilograms of snatch). ).

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Irawan was placed second to Chinese lifter Li Fabin, who dominated all categories by recording a total lift of 312 kilograms (175 kilograms clean and jerk and 137 kilograms snatch). With his 175 kilogram lift, Li also broke the world record for clean and jerk from Irawan, who lifted 174 kilograms.

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The minister expressed the hope that Indonesian lifters will follow Irawan’s footsteps by fighting hard and not giving up to achieve success at the international level.

“I hope more Indonesian weightlifting athletes will follow Eko Yuli Irawan’s footsteps because weightlifting is one of our cornerstones in our efforts to bag medals, such as during the last Olympic Games in 2021,” Amali noted.

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