KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A 5-year-old girl lifted 14.7 kilograms (32.34 pounds) almost her own weight to earn a place in Malaysia’s national records, a report said Sunday.
The girl, identified only as T. Logassree, also completed a five-kilometer (3-mile) run at a school in northern Penang state before performing her record lift Saturday, which was sanctioned by the Malaysian Book of Records as the heaviest weight lifted by a child her age, the New Sunday Times newspaper reported.
She weighs only 2 kilograms (4.41 pounds) more than the weight she lifted.
The Times said the girl’s weightlifting activity was endorsed and certified by a weightlifting association.
Logassree’s father and trainer M. Thanabalasingam, who is also a weightlifter, told the newspaper that she eats imported food supplements, and 10 half-boiled eggs, cheese, bread and milk for breakfast.
He was quoted as saying that he started weights training with his daughter in February 2007 and wants her to become an international athlete in 15 years. Thanabalasingam could not be immediately reached for comment.
There have been no suggestions that the girl by lifting heavy weights was a victim of abuse of the kind a 6-year-old boy in India, Budhia Singh, was said to have suffered after running a marathon in August.
Budhia’s trainer was arrested for abuse after widespread condemnation from medical officials and child rights activists. A government child welfare department described Budhia’s 65-kilometer (40-mile) run as torture, and police halted another long run on doctors’ requests. – AP