Bin Kasdan Mohamad Aniq claimed Malaysia's first Commonwealth Games gold of Birmingham 2022 with victory in the Men's 55kg as the Weightlifting got under way at the NEC before compatriot Aznil Bidin made it a double celebration for the country in the Men's 61kg.

The 20-year-old, who was successful in the same discipline in the Commonwealth Championships last year, continued his winning streak to take the first prize by just 1kg ahead of Sanket Mahadev Sargar of India, while Sri Lanka's Dilanka Isuru Kumara Yodage sealed bronze.

Aniq was initially trailing Sargar after the snatch, but the Indian sustained an injury in the clean and jerk round and claimed silver for his nation's first medal.

On making his final lift at 142kg - a Commonwealth record - having failed at the same weight two minutes earlier, Aniq admitted he remained confident during the contest.

He said: "I was not negative [after failing to make 142kg on his first try]. I have the spirit to win - and I won.

"The crowd really helped me, the atmosphere was very good, very noisy."

Aniq is now targeting the worlds later this year and the 2024 Olympic Games, and added: "My big target this year is the World Championships in Colombia [in December] and the plan is to be in Paris for the 2024 Olympic Games."

In the second session of the day, defending champion Bidin broke three Games records for a combined lift of 285kg - with 127kg in the snatch and 158kg in the clean and jerk.

The 28-year-old beat off competition from closest rival Morea Baru of Papua New Guinea, who was also runner-up at Gold Coast 2018, and bronze medal winner Gururaja Gururaja of India.

Bidin admitted he felt confident going into the competition after listening to his new coach's advice and also targeted the 2024 Olympics as the next goal on his career path - maybe after some celebrating with Aniq and the team first.

Maybe we will have a chance for a party tonight
Aznil Bidin

He said: "I just did what the coaches instructed me to do. So when I went out there I was relaxed, felt no pressure and followed the plan, which paid off.

"I focused especially on my diet and - with the addition of my new Indonesian coach - I could take my training to the next level.

"Maybe we will have a chance for a party tonight. I am yet to win an Olympic medal so that will be the aim and next step in my career."

India's Olympic silver medallist Chanu Saikhom Mirabai added to her Gold Coast success with victory in the women's 49kg, with Mauritia's Marie Hanitra Roilya Ranaivosoa clinching silver and Hannah Kaminski of Canada winning bronze.

In the women's 55kg category, Nigeria's Adijat Adenike Olarinoye claimed gold ahead of India's Bindyarani Devi Sorokhaibam and England's Fraer Morrow.