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Indonesian Weightlifter Rahmat Erwin Abdullah Sets World Record at Asian Games

Rahmat Erwin Abdullah, a bronze medalist at the Olympic Games and a multiple-time world champion in weightlifting hailing from Indonesia, has made a significant impact on the sports world, both domestically and internationally.

Recently, he achieved a world record en route to securing the gold medal at the Asian Games. His focus in these competitions has been on the snatch and clean and jerk events in the men’s 73 kg weight category, where he successfully lifted a colossal 201 kilograms. This remarkable record-setting feat took place in Hangzhou, China.

Erwin Abdullah (On the left) and Rahmat Erwin Abdullah in Athens

One intriguing facet of Rahmat Erwin Abdullah’s journey is that his own father serves as his coach, providing guidance and support throughout his career. Throughout the competition, he displayed unwavering confidence and composure, ultimately setting the new record in the final exercise, when victory was already assured.

Notably, his previous record stood at lifting 200 kilograms under similar conditions. He embarked on a quest to surpass his previous year’s achievement and accomplished it with remarkable ease. It’s worth noting that Rahmat Erwin Abdullah is a mere 22 years old, highlighting his immense potential and future prospects in the world of weightlifting.


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Rahmat Erwin Abdullah immediately after winning the gold in Hangzhou

Remarkably, he was also on the verge of setting another record during the same competition. His combined total weight lifted during the event was an impressive 359 kilograms. In 2021, the renowned Chinese athlete Shi Zhiyong set a record by lifting a total of 364 kilograms in the same competition. Rahmat Erwin Abdullah came remarkably close, falling short by just 5 kilograms to match the record and 6 kilograms to establish a new one.

It’s important to mention that this competition witnessed three world records set by North Korean weightlifters. For instance, twenty-year-old Kim Il Gyong excelled by lifting 111 kilograms in the snatch, earning her the gold medal in the women’s under-59 kg category.

Rahmat Erwin Abdullah has now joined the ranks of record-holders in this prestigious competition, and there is every indication that he may challenge and surpass previous records in the future. We will be closely following his journey with eager anticipation and hope for continued success.

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Tanya Shaiko

Author: Tanya Shaiko
News Editor, Olympic Lifting Enthusiast

Oly Lifting Experience: 6 years
Best ResultsSnatch – 61 kg,
C&J – 78 kg

I’m Tanya, and I just can’t do without fitness. About six years ago, I got into Olympic weightlifting and instantly fell in love with it. Weightlifting is like no other sport – it’s just you versus the bar. Driven by my unwavering passion for an active lifestyle, I’ve been eager to share my personal journey and sports enthusiasm with others. As a journalist and photographer, my interests come full circle, adding an extra dimension to the news column that I curate. This way, I keep my readers updated with the latest happenings in the sports world.

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