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2023 World Weightlifting Championships: Liang Xiaomei’s World Record

The entire world is still buzzing with excitement over Liang Xiaomei’s achievement in the 81 kilogram category at the 2023 World Weightlifting Championships. On September 15th with the esteemed International Weightlifting Federation overseeing the event Liang Xiaomei made history by lifting a 159 kilograms in the clean & jerk discipline securing her well deserved victory.

Liang Xiaomei at the competition in Bogota, Colombia
Liang Xiaomei at the competition in Bogota, Colombia

This accomplishment is not a triumph for Liang Xiaomei but also a significant milestone on a global scale. No other athlete had managed to reach this level of success in this weight category before her, making it an extraordinary feat that has captured the attention and imagination of the sports world.

Adding to its significance the 81 kilogram weight class has already been included in the program for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Underscoring how remarkable Liang Xiaomei’s performance truly is. It’s highly likely that this exceptional athlete is now diligently preparing to represent China at its best, in this event.

For those interested in witnessing this momentous event, watch a detailed on-site report below. 

Liang Xiaomei: The Future in the Olympics

This not sets a global record but also stands as her personal best, within this highly competitive field. What’s impressive is that her performance has consistently improved over time as shown by the data from 2022.

Then she managed to lift 152 kilograms during a similar exercise, which hinted at her potential for achieving record breaking results. Comparing her statistics, with those of her teammates and Australian athlete Eileen Cikamatana, who currently holds the third position it’s clear that she outperforms them in terms of cumulative performance metrics.

Liang Xiaomei immediately after obtaining the record

What makes this achievement more impressive is that Liang Xiaomei is not a sports superstar, someone we expect exceptional results from consistently. To be honest the 2022 World Weightlifting Championships marked her sporting event. If we look at her track record in the International Weightlifting Federation it’s clear that she has only competed three times.

Despite her experience she managed to secure a world record and claim the spot in these championships. This sets the stage for an analysis of her performance. Raises our expectations for her future endeavors.

Naturally we can’t. Think about her participation in the 2024 Olympic Games considering her extraordinary achievement of setting a world record with minimal prior expectations. However it’s important to note that her participation is not yet guaranteed as the Chinese government will carefully evaluate all candidates and compare them with team members to optimize their chances of securing a gold medal in weightlifting.

Any mistakes or missteps, on Liang Xiaomei’s part could potentially hinder her participation. Prevent her from experiencing the glory of competing in the spectacle that is the Olympic Games.

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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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