China, India set world records at Asian weightlifting championships

China’s seemingly unbeatable weightlifters finished the opening weekend of the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent with three gold, two silver and two world records.

It would have been three world records if Li Fabin, a clear winner of the men’s 61 kilograms, had pulled one of his last two 176 kg clean and jerk attempts, but he failed both times.

The star of the first two days in the Uzbek capital was Hou Zhihui in the women’s 49 kg, in which she set world records in both snatch and aggregate.

Hou’s 96-117-213 gave her a 6kg lead over teammate Jiang Huihua.

There was a third world record in the same competition for India’s Mirabai Chanu, who set a record 119kg in clean and jerk – a weight she had never lifted before even in training, according to his trainer Vijay Sharma.

Sharma’s advice to Mirabai was to “let China know that it won’t just fight for the gold medal,” he told Indian media, and he was glad she did. exactly that.

“The Chinese coaches were paying attention (to Mirabai),” he said.

It was a very impressive performance given that Mirabai had missed her first two snatch attempts and, at 86kg, she went into the clean and jumped back.

Li Fabin of China was a clear winner in the men's 61 kilograms category but failed in his quest for a world record © Getty Images
Li Fabin of China was a clear winner in the men’s 61 kilogram category, but failed in his quest for a world record © Getty Images

Jang did 89-118-207.

In the women’s 55kg, Liao Qiuyun, who holds two world weight records, finished 1kg ahead of teammate Li Yajun, scoring 98-124-222 against Li’s 101-120-221.

Third place went to Muattar Nabieva of the home country at 213 kg, with Rio 2016 silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines fourth at 212 kg.

There was a disappointment for Kazakhstan when Zulfiya Chinshanlo could only finish fifth, with 210 kg, after failing in his last two attempts.

Kazakhstan’s top male prospect for Tokyo 2020, Igor Son, was also absent from the 61kg medals.

Li Fabin, also a two-time world record holder by weight, went 142-170-312, below his world record of 6kg but 24kg ahead of closest rival Seraj Alsaleem of Saudi Arabia .

Yoichi Itokazu finished third for Japan at 285 kg, edging Son on the podium by 1 kg.

Li’s victory means that the first three Olympic weight class finals have all been won by China.

The Asian Championships are a “gold” qualifying event for the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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