The 2013 IWF Youth Weightlifting Championships kicked off today in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The President of the Olympic Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Mirabror Usmanov, the Deputy Prime-Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Batir ZAKIROV and the Minister of Culture and sports of the Republic of Uzbekistan Minkhajidin Mirzajanovich KHODJIMATOV honored the Opening Ceremony with their presence.
Record number of athletes and record number of countries 257 Men from 46 countries and 189 Women from 38 countries (altogether 446 athletes from 52 countries) are competing in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
This competition is the first competition in central Asia and all athletes are willing to secure the participation of their country at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing, China.
Only 1 Youth World Record holder (Snatch, Clean & Jerk and in the Total) is present at the competition, Nadezhda Nogay (KAZ) ¬who will compete in the Women’s +69kg bodyweight category.
On the first competition day, athletes competed for medals in 2 bodyweight categories: Men’s 50kg and Women’s 44kg.
Asian weightlifters took possession of the podium in this bodyweight category. China on the lead was followed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Uzbekistan. First medal of the competition for the host country, the venue was crowded to watch YULDASHEV Mashkhurbek (UZB) winning 3 Bronze with a Total of 196kg. The Chinese lifter finished 4th in the Clean & Jerk, but had a 6kg advantage in the Snatch which was enough for him to win the Gold Medal in the Snatch and in the Total. With 197kg, PAK Jong Ju (PRK) ended up second.
After a Silver Medal in the Men’s 50kg, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea won the Gold in the Women’s 44kg. RI Su Yon won 3 Gold Medals leaving the second place to KHING Khing (MYA). The Bronze Medal in the Total went to the Egyptian athlete SALEH MAHMOUD Heba. Bronze Medallist in the Snatch, CSENGERI Monica Suneta (ROU) finished the competition at the 5th place.