There were two world records for China, and a resounding defeat for a North Korean Olympic champion, on day one of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Cup in Fuzhou, an Olympic qualifying event. The world records, in the women’s 49 kilograms, went to 21-year-old HOU Zhihui in the Snatch and Total. HOU was named in […]
Five lifters shared the Medals in the women’s 59kg bodyweight category. The one who won the most, 2 Golds and 1 Silver was KUO Hsing-Chun (TPE), who also set 4 World Records along the way. The two times World Champion and Rio Olympics Bronze Medallist, after lifting 100kg and 103kg, also successfully lifted 105kg, a […]
There was a tense competition between four lifters, two Thai and two Chinese in the women’s 49kg bodyweight category. Rio 2016 Olympic Champion and 2017 World Champion TANASAN Sopita (THA) took the lead in the Snatch. With three good lifts she secured a Gold Medal setting the new World Record at 93kg. HUO Zhihui (CHN) […]
MORADI Sohrab (IRI) confident in the Snatch with three good lifts ended first with a 1kg advantage over SOBIROV Farkhodbek (UZB). SOBIROV couldn’t secure a Total and missed his three Clean and Jerk attempts. The first attempt of MORADI in the Clean and Jerk was 220kg so he went for the World Records with his […]
By Brian Oliver at Riocentro, Rio de Janeiro
China’s Deng Wei broke two world records in five lifts on her way to
recording the easiest win to date at the Rio Olympic Games in the women’s
63kg. A few hours later the impressive Shi Zhiyong won the men’s 69kg to
make it a double and take China to the top of the weightlifting medals
There was also a first Olympic weightlifting medal for Kyrgyzstan, a first
failure for Thailand’s women’s team, and more disappointment for PR Korea.
Deng Wei won with a lift to spare. She beat her own clean & jerk world
record by 1kg with 147kg on her second attempt. That took her to a total of
262kg, which was 1kg better than the world record set in 2014 by Taipei’s
Deng finished 14kg clear of Choe Hyo Sim, of PRK, who has stood below her
on the podium at the past two IWF World Championships. It was the widest
winning margin of the seven events to date.
At the age of 23 Deng has plenty more championships ahead of her. “My
performances were good enough to be in the team at London four years ago
but another teammate was chosen ahead of me,” she said.
“This was my first Olympic Games. I was nervous in the morning but I said
to my coach that I could break the world record so it was within my
expectation. I will continue to work hard to win more gold medals.”
The bronze medal was won by Karina Goricheva, 23, from Kazakhstan. Siripuch
Gulnoi, the Thai who had been expected to challenge for a medal, failed
with all three clean & jerk attempts.
PRK suffered more disappointment in the men’s 69kg when Kim Myong Hyok, a
close fourth in the IWF World Championships, made only one good snatch lift
and failed with all three clean & jerks.
The glory went to Shi Zhiyong and the Kyrgyzstan’s Izzat Artykov.
Shi became an Olympic champion just the like the man whose name he was
given when he was a teenager. The older Shi, 36, won at 62kg in Athens in
2004 and is now a government official. The new Shi won by 1kg from Turkey’s
Daniyar Ismayilov, who made six good lifts but was still beaten.
The “new” Shi was born Shi Lei. He explained, “I was still young when I
left my family to train and my coach gave me the new name. At that time I
did not know about the 2004 Olympics. As I grew up I learned all about Shi
Zhiyong and I am proud to say we met a few years ago.
“The name means wisdom and courage, and Shi told me that as I had his name
I must never give up, and I should become a champion like him.
“I also owe so much to my coach, another great Olympic champion.” That man
is Zhan Xugang, 42, who won gold at Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000.
Shi, 22, the reigning world champion, held off the challenge of Ismayilov,
who had finished 13th at the London Games four years ago when competing for
his native Turkmenistan. He has since switched to Turkey.
Artykov, whose strength has improved enormously over the years, wore a
kalpak hat, part of Kyrgyz national costume, to the post-event press
conference. “Do you like it?” he said. “I am proud to wear it, and this
medal is great news for everyone in Kyrgyzstan.”
When Artykov first competed at a major international event as a 17-year-old
in 2010, at the IWF World Championships, he was in the lightest category,
56kg, and finished 23rd with a total of 225kg. At Riocentro, competing two
weight categories higher, he lifted 114kg more.
Artykov’s total of 339kg was well adrift of the top two. Shi totalled 352kg
despite missing his last clean & jerk attempt, finishing 1kg ahead of
Lin Tzu-chi, whose record Deng took, was withdrawn from the 63kg a few
hours before it started. According to reports in Taiwan Lin was withdrawn
by her Olympic committee for a doping irregularity.
If Lin, 28, is confirmed to have tested positive she will become the third
weightlifter to have done so in five days. The others were Antonis
Martasidis of Cyprus (85kg) and Tomasz Zielinski of Poland (94kg). They
were both sent home, and as a result of Zielinski’s positive Szymon Kolecki
resigned as president of the Polish Association of Weightlifting.
W53kg Two Silver worth Gold Even though she was awarded two silver medals – in the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk – the Chinese lifter YU Linglong won the Gold in the Total with 206kg. Youth World Champion in 2013, she Snatched 91kg – 1kg less than KOHA Rebeka (LAT), bronze medallist at the […]
The IWF Grand Prix – 1st International Fajr Cup, Qualification Event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is held currently in Tehran, the capital city of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The competition organized by the IRI Weightlifting Federation is hosted by the Azadi Sport Complex. Athletes are competing from 31 May until 2 June in […]
By Brian Oliver at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas Aleksei Lovchev took the title of “the strongest man in the world” with a breathtaking world-record victory in the men’s +105kg. A couple of hours later the there was more glory for Russia when Tatiana Kashirina won the women’s +75kg world title […]
By Brian Oliver at the George R Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas Another day, another two world records at the 2015 IWF World Championships. Boyanka Kostova, the Bulgarian who became an Azerbaijani in 2010, set a snatch world best with her third lift and bettered the mark for the total with her final lift in […]
New Youth World Record was set in the Snatch by the Chinese lifter JIANG Huihua first at 89kg and then raising it to 92. She broke her compatriot’s TIAN Yuan’s (CHN) record from the 2010 IWF World Championships Antalya, TUR at 88kg. Only 1kg behind her, HOU Zhihui (CHN) got the Silver Medal, and tried […]
There were four world records, and brilliant performances by Kazakh and Chinese athletes on an exciting third day of the IWF World Championships in Almaty. The crowd at the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty roared and cheered as their home favourite, Zulfiya Chinshanlo, won two gold medals and set two world records for Kazakhstan […]