Despite being just 22-years-old, Rahmat Erwin Abdullah is already quite a sensation, as he is Indonesia’s greatest representative in the sport of weightlifting. However, Rahmat is not only brilliant on the national level, but international as well, since he is one of the highest-ranked weightlifters currently. Moreover, Rahmat recently competed at the 2023 Asian Games, where he added yet another brilliant achievement to his resume. He shined during every portion of the competition, but his most impressive performance came in the Clean & Jerk. Rahmat managed to lock out 201 kilograms (443.1 pounds), thus setting a new U73KG Clean & Jerk World Record.
This year featured the 19th edition of the Asian Games which spanned over 15 days and featured dozens of sports. One of those was weightlifting, which saw Rahmat Erwin Abdullah load a 201-kilogram (443.1-pound) Clean & Jerk for his final attempt and smash it with ease. Moreover, Rahmat used only a lifting belt, knee sleeves, and wrist wraps to complete his snatch, none of which offered him a substantial boost, but were used to relieve pressure from the humongous weight.
Rahmat Erwin Abdullah also held the previous U73KG Clean & Jerk World Record of 200 kilograms (440.9 pounds), having set it at the 2022 World Weightlifting Championships.
Watch the lift here:
Rahmat Erwin Abdullah’s Full Performance
Rahmat Erwin Abdullah’s performance at the 2023 Asian Games was nothing short of spectacular, as he successfully performed all of his six attempts and even made them look easy. This in turn secured him the gold medal ahead of Wichuma Weeraphon and Oh Kumthaek.
- 152 kilograms (335.1 pounds)
- 156 kilograms (343.9 pounds)
- 158 kilograms (348.3 pounds)
Clean & Jerk
- 192 kilograms (423.3 pounds)
- 196 kilograms (432.1 pounds)
- 201 kilograms (443.1 pounds) — U73KG World Record
Total — 359 kilograms (791.5 pounds)
2023 Asian Games U73KG Weightlifting Podium (Per Total)
Rahmat Erwin Abdullah had both the heaviest snatch and clean & jerk of the 73-kilogram weight class. So, his dominance at the 2023 Asian Games was very clear. He faced a lot of pressure from the 19-year-old Wichuma Weeraphon, but ended up with an 8-kilogram (17.6-pound) heavier Total.
- Rahmat Erwin Abdullah (INA) — 359 kilograms (791.5 pounds)
- Wichuma Weeraphon (THA) — 351 kilograms (773.8 pounds)
- Oh Kumthaek (PRK) — 344 kilograms (758.4 pounds)
Rahmat Erwin Abdullah has had a plethora of incredible results in the past, having won two World Championships, one IWF Grand Prix, two Asian Games, and more. He also recently set another Clean & Jerk World Record in the 81-kilogram weight class. So, Rahmat is obviously very versatile, as displayed by his ability to succeed in two weight classes.