Updated 14 Nov 2011
Aricco participated at the 2011 World Weightlifting Championships, also in the bantamweight category (62 kg) which took place 5 & 6th November 2011 at Disneyland Paris in France.
He came in 22nd place with a total lift of 269 kg (119 + 150), which was 7kg less than his Commonwealth Games performance.
Had he equalled his CG performance, he would’ve placed around 19th.
The winner is Zhang Jie of China, 24 the current world record holder, who lifted a total of 321kg (145 + 176). His world record stands at 326kg.
Indonesian Eko Yuli Irawan, 22 placed 3rd with 310 kg (139 + 171).
22 Oct 2010
Without a doubt, Aricco Jumitih, 20, who on 5th October 2010 won the gold medal in weightlifting in the 62kg category of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, is the greatest Sabahan weightlifter ever, and perhaps even the best Malaysian weightlifter ever.
Lifting a total of 276kg, he bettered his personal best of 273kg, and eclipsed Matin Guntali’s silver achievement at the 1994 Commonwealth Games.
At state level, he is probably only second to Lim Keng Liat as Sabah’s greatest ever sportsperson.
Even more remarkable, he had never even taken part in the South East Asian (SEA) Games, the top regional sporting event.
But how does his achievement compare if he’d competed at top competitions like the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 World Weightlifting Championships?
This is not to discredit his achievement, rather to spur him to go for greater heights.
His CG performance would only earn him 11th placing at the 2008 Olympics, which was won by Zhang Xiangxiang of China with 319kg. The 10th placer was Henadzy Makhveyenia of Belarus who lifted 278kg.
At the Worlds, he would’ve placed 14th. That event was won by North Korea’s Kim Un Guk, who lifted 320kg. The 13th placer was Damian Wisniewski of Poland, with 278kg.
The world record in the 62kg category is held by Zhang Jie (China), with 326kg, which was set in April 2008. The Olympic record is held by Nikolay Pechalov (Croatia), with 325kg, set at the 2000 Olympics.
That means Aricco is a hefty 50 kilograms away from the world record itself.
Even the lightest category record, i.e. 56kg recorded heavier weights. The legendary Halil Mutlu of Turkey, holds the world record at 305kg!
In fact, at the SEA Games, it’d be unlikely he’ll win gold, since in his category, several Indonesians are world class, like Triyatno, the Olympic bronze medalist and Eko Yuli Irawan, who finished 4th at the Worlds.
On the bright side, at least Aricco would not need to read up onhow to reduce belly fat for a long long time to come.
Weightlifting Olympic records
Weightlifting World records
Results of the 2010 World Weightlifting Championships, men’s 62kg category
Results of the 2008 Olympic Games, men’s weighlifting, 62 kg category