The competitions in weightifting started off in Kazan with the women’s 48kg and 53kg and the men’s 56kg and right away delivered the first records among all sports at this Universiade. In the women’s 48kg , defending Universiade champion from Shenzhen, Xia Hongyu (CHN) broke the Snatch Universiade Record with 85kg and then again with 87kg. This happened in the presence of IWF President Dr. Tamás Aján and FISU President Mr. Claude Louis Gallien – the latter to present the first medals in weightlifting.
The following competition in the men’s 56kg offered no less excitement and level: again a Chinese winner, Xu Jingui set two new Universiade records: 146kg and 149kg in the Clean and Jerk.
The women’s 53kg celebrated a champion from Japan: Yagi Kanae.