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Top Chinese weightlifters rejoice at low performing North Koreans in Hangzhou

The unprecedented mismatch between men and women from North Korea was particularly obvious after the weightlifting event at the next day of the Asian Games. 

The day of a confusing surprise started as failure for those going for a gold at the last attempts of 61kg and 67 kg, both won by the Chinese sportsmen, Chen Lijun and Li Fabin. Yet, being rather devastated after preserving the world title, Li Fabin didn’t manage to take his last lifts.

Chen Lijun
Chen Lijun of China wins the gold medal in Hangzhou 2023

Not awaited was the medal for a sportman from South Korea, Lee Sangyeon, the audience of followers being tremendous, and surprisingly sad it was therefore for Yuli from Indonesia, more than 15 years a champion.

The day before a few sportswomen from North Korea won two golds and as much as five world records.


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North Korean’s moment of victory

Lee Sangyeon, a South Korean, won a surprisingly successful third place, a bronze medal in the male category of 67 kg. 

Then was Kim Chungguk with his final take to win the 3rd place and leave John Ceniza out of the game to become first medallist in the male category from the Philippines in decades.

The third place was also shared by Lee Sangyeon, pushing a sportsman from Uzbekistan Doston Yokubov with his final clean and jerk at the weight of 180kg.

With more than 200,000 followers on his Instagram profile page Lee is quite famous by both championships and daily videos.

This was tragic for Yuli Irawan, aged 34, to finish his career with a fifth Olympic medal in Paris noticeably failing with all three clean and jerks.

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Tanya Shaiko

Author: Tanya Shaiko
News Editor, Olympic Lifting Enthusiast

Oly Lifting Experience: 6 years
Best ResultsSnatch – 61 kg,
C&J – 78 kg

I’m Tanya, and I just can’t do without fitness. About six years ago, I got into Olympic weightlifting and instantly fell in love with it. Weightlifting is like no other sport – it’s just you versus the bar. Driven by my unwavering passion for an active lifestyle, I’ve been eager to share my personal journey and sports enthusiasm with others. As a journalist and photographer, my interests come full circle, adding an extra dimension to the news column that I curate. This way, I keep my readers updated with the latest happenings in the sports world.

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