With Korean WON Jeongsik and Artiom PIPA from Moldova as the protagonists, an exciting fight could be witnessed in the men’s 69kg category, where each lift changed the ranking order and the last one in clean and jerk finally proclaimed the Korean as the champion on bodyweight. Both lifters totalled 318kg and pushed Armenian AVETISYAN into third place with 315kg.
The 77kg category was dominated by this year’s Junior world champion Dmitry KHOMYAKOV of Russia, who gained a comfortable lead in snatch to win overall with 338kg over Samvel GRIGORYAN of Armenia. Dumitru CAPTARI and Andrei BIRCA, both representing Moldova, shared the bronze medal winning and the fourth positions.
The women also continued their competitions with the 63kg, which was won by Russian Natalya KHLESTKINA over Chinese XU Li. In the next category, the 69kg, Ya-Jhen WANG from Chinese Taipei was supreme with her 222kg against China’s CAI Xinghua who totalled 218kg.
The 75kg show was awaited with great expectations as this category featured Olga ZUBOVA (RUS), former Youth Olympic, two-times Junior World and current European champion. Although the Russian lifter was challenged in the snatch by Brazil’s best, Jaqueline FERREIRA (both did 106kg), in the clean and jerk ZUBOVA flashed a little bit of her class and won hands down with a very light 135kg, registering a total of 241kg.