The ongoing Asian Championships which are being held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, from 17th to 25th April 2021 so far has had a total of 15 World Records and 26 Asian records broken.
The event is a Gold Level competition for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the Athletes are trying to gather valuable points to add to the final ranking for the Games.
In 49kg category Women, Chinese Hou Zhihui has broken the Asian and World records with 96kg in Snatch and 213kg in the Total. Whilst in Clean and Jerk her opponent, Mirabai Chanu Saikhom from India set the Asian and World records by lifting 119kg.
In the 59kg category for Women, Kuo Hsing-Chun from Chinese Taipei lifted 110kg in Snatch and 247kg in the Total setting new World and Asian records.
In the Men’s 73kg category, China’s Shi Zhyoung broke the Asian and World records with a result of 169kg in Snatch.
Two Chinese lifters competing in the 81kg category for Men set new World and Asian records in Snatch. Lyu Xiaojun set the new mark of 174kg only to see it being broken again by his teammate, Li Dayin lifting with 175kg.
In 102kg category for Men, Bekbolat Rakhat from Kazakhstan eclipsed 4 youth World records, with 206kg in Jerk and 379kg in the Total and then further improving this result with a 213kg Jerk and computing 386kg in Total. He also broke new Asian youth records in Snatch, Jerk and Total.
On the penultimate day featuring the 109kg category for Men, Yang Zhe from China lifted 200kg in Snatch resulting in new World and Asian records while Uzbekistan’s Ruslan Nurudinov, on home ground, achieved a 241kg Jerk and 429kg Total, setting new World and Asian records just broken minutes before by the other local competitor, Akbar Djuraev who managed 428kg.Total.
After the pandemics, lockdowns, postponed competitions it is so encouraging to see such fabulous person to person high level competition before the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in which Asian athletes achieved fantastic results and signalling to the World they are ready for Tokyo.
The Asian Championships attracted a totals of 186 athletes from 26 countries and we congratulate and thank the Uzbekistan Federation for a wonderful organisation of the event which is now in its last day. April 25 will see the closing of the Championships with the Women’s +87kg category and the Men’s +109kg category with the hope of seeing more Asian and World records.