INDONESIAN weightlifter Sinta Darmariani vomited while unsuccessfully attempting to lift 133 kilogrammes for gold at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games yesterday, and was forced to settle for silver.
Competing against Vietnamese Thi Phliong Loan Nguyen in the women's 69kg class, Sinta easily lifted 94 against Nguyen's 100 in the snatch in their first attempt, and the 23-year-old from Bali was banking on making up for that gap in the clean and jerk.
But Nguyen upped the ante by lifting 104 in her second snatch and 106 in the third. Sinta failed in her next two attempts to lift 98. In the clean and jerk, she lifted 124 in her first, but Nguyen's 226 meant the Indonesian needed to lift 133 for the gold.
Sinta was struggling as she lifted the bar to her chest but when she jerked the weights up her face contorted and she vomited on her vest and dropped the weight.
The third attempt was worse for Sinta as she collapsed in tears.
"I wasn't nervous. I was sick with fever," she told The Associated Press later. "I was still confident after throwing up. I didn't even think of not attempting the third," she said.
After the medal ceremony, she vomited a few more times while officials and friends consoled her.
More anguish was in store for Indonesian weightlifters when top medal hope Sandow Nasution was eliminated in the 77kg men's category.
Courtesy from Brunei Times