Asian Weightlifting Championships: More Gold For China, Kim (PRK) Wins the 69s in Dramatic Finish

Almaty, Kazakhstan – China continued its winning ways at the Asian Weightlifting Championships today, but North Korean Kim Chol Jin pulled out the stops and won the 69s on the final attempt of the class, breaking China's perfect streak.

In the men's 62-kg category, Chinese teammates Shi Zhiyong, the snatcher, faced off with Le Maosheng, the clean and jerker.  In the snatches, Le made 140 and 145, but passed on his third attempt, while Shi nailed 145, 150 and 152.5 kg. 

Shi, a squat jerker, opened with 167.5, for a good lift, and then missed the jerk on 172.5, but came back to make it, for a 320-kg total.  Le took 172.5 on his first attempt, cleaned the weight, but dumped it after standing up, appearing to be passing out.  He moved up to 175 on his second attempt, for a good lift, took 180 in a bid to win on bodyweight, but missed the jerk.

In the women's 58-kg category, China's Sun Caiyan swept the gold medals with 100/130, holding off Thai lifter Junpim Kuntatean, who did 97.5/125.

In the men's 69-kg category, Chen Chufu (China) ended the snatches with 150 kg, followed by Kim Chol Jin (North Korea) at 142.5, but Kim had the body weight advantage.  Both lifters opened in the clean and jerk with successes at 175 kg, and then Chen made a good lift with 180, while Kim did likewise with 182.5.  Chen cleaned 185 kg on his third attempt, but missed the jerk. With all the marbles on the line, Kim took 187.5 on his third attempt, made it, and won two gold medals (clean and jerk, total) for his efforts—a great ending to the second day of lifting at the Asian Weightlifting Championships.

Captains of Crush® Hand Grippers

Captains of Crush grippers: the gold standard of grippers
The gold standard of grippers.

The fastest route to the strongest grip.

MILO®: Strength

Universal power broker

We deal in kilos and meters, pounds and feet.

Strong-Enough™ Lifting Straps

IronMind: Strong-Enough Lifting Straps: Most popular" at WSM. Proven daily by the world's strongest men.

Proven daily by the world's strongest men.

If you're not using IronMind lifting straps, you're not lifting as much as you could be.

Expand-Your-Hand Bands

Expand-Your-Hand Bands
Say goodbye to tennis elbow

Prevent, eliminate or reduce tennis elbow and associated pains. Simple, fun and effective.