KARACHI: Pakistan’s Rabia Shahzad grabbed silver medal on the Welsh Open Weightlifting Championship 2019 49kg occasion.
Rabia received worldwide medals for Pakistan earlier this yr in Singapore and has beforehand received in Australia as properly. Her purpose was to guarantee that she makes the nation proud in weightlifting too, after power-lifting.
She lifted 35kg, 37kg and 40kg in all three of her snatch makes an attempt, filed in 45okay, 50 kg second try. Nevertheless, she redeemed herself within the third try for the clear and jerk with 50kg to complete with a silver medal.
Rabia competed within the occasion – that includes round 200 athletes – and not using a coach and battling a fever. She took assist from an area to verify she secured all her makes an attempt and her place within the 49kg occasion as properly. However for her the problem was to attempt the brand new class.
“I used to be on meds, and had the fever, however I wished to compete,” Rabia instructed The Specific Tribune. “Even on the plan right here, shedding weight is hard, and it will possibly make you unwell, however I attempted, and I’m glad that I used to be not chubby even by a number of grams, on the competitors day i used to be 48.7kg, so I breathed a sigh of aid. This was my second worldwide occasion of the yr, I didn’t need to miss it or get disqualified by any measure.”
Rabia goes towards the grain, in some ways and paving means for different women to pursue a profession in weightlifting and power-lifting. She wished to make her stance clear, that girls can raise weights and they aren’t a weaker gender.
However her resolution to modify weight class did have an effect on her, as being a woman in a tradition that wishes ladies to be dainty, it’s troublesome.
“I made a decision to shed the burden, as a result of I believed there’s a higher probability on this class,’ defined Rabia, “however there’s loads of fat-shaming in our society, so I attempted competing in 49kg.”
However one of many higher challenges for her was warming up within the UK climate.
“Its colder right here, it’s very, very, chilly in comparison with Pakistan. There it’s simpler to compete as a result of we’re accustomed to circumstances, right here I felt i required extra vitality even within the warm-up,” she added.
However throughout her keep, the Karachi-based lifter mentioned that she educated, and she or he trains all yr spherical. This time, she additionally had the help from the Pakistan Weightlifting federation’s head Hafiz Imran Butt and secretary Amjid Amin.
“After all, it’s all self-financed, however even ethical help can imply lots,” concluded Rabia. It was higher than to have federations holding you again. However I’m grateful, feminine weightlifters want encouragement.”