The last competition of 2018, the Fifth International Qatar Cup successfully concluded on 23 December in Doha, QAT. This was the second qualification event for Tokyo 2020 after the IWF World Championships in Ashgabat.
Under the leadership of Mohamed Yousef Al Mana, President of Qatar, Arab and Asian Weightlifting Federations and Executive Board member of the IWF, the Qatar Cup highlighted the massive developments in the country and the capability to host major sporting events.
Dr. Tamas Ajan, IWF President and IOC Honorary Member, praised the Organising Committee and Mohamed Yousef Al Mana for the professional, high-class organising.
Seventy-eight lifters from 26 countries stepped on the platform at the Intercontinental Hotel of Doha to collect the most points possible for the qualification for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Home favourite ELBAKH Fares Ibrahim E. H. and KUO Hsing-Chun (TPE) were declared the best of Qatar Cup.
ELBAKH lifted his personal best, swiping the Men’s 96kg bodyweight category whit a 397kg Total, which is also a Junior World Record, while KUO ruled the Women’s 59kg bodyweight category, just after pocketing the Gold Medal on the World Championships a month earlier.
Uzbekistan’s ERGASHEV Adkhamjon (Men’s 67kg) and Chinese HUANG Ting (Women’s 64kg) also set new Junior World Records.
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