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IWF World Cup, Day 2 Recap – Men’s 55 kg

The second day of the IWF World Cup in Phuket became remarkable due to the thrilling performance in the category of Olympic Women’s 49 kg weight division and Men’s 55 kg weight class. 

Today the session in the Men’s 55 kg weight division featured seven male lifters who pushed themselves hard to prevail over the rivals and get to the podium’s top spots.

Natthaway Chomchuen
Natthaway Chomchuen, photo by

Highlights of the Category Men’s 55 kg: Pang Un Chol Outperformed His Thai and Vietnamese Rivals with Minimal Gap 

  • 🥇Pang Un Chol (PRK) — 270 (118/152)
  • 🥈Natthaway Chomchuen (THA) — 269 (119/150)
  • 🥉Lai Gia Thanh (VIE) — 268 (120/148)

The second competition day showed us the following results: Pang Un Chol won the gold medal in the category prevailing over his opponent from Thailand by one kilogram in total. He got silver in Snatch by lifting 118 kg, clinched silver in Clean & Jerk of 150 kg, and got 270 kg in total.

At the 2023 Grand Prix II in Doha he also secured the first spot lifting 268 kg. So, today he improved his result by two kilos.


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The second place was occupied by a lifter from Thailand, Natthaway Chomchuen who did 269 kg in a total. His 119-kg Snatch brought him gold, while 150 kg in the Clean & Jerk session resulted in silver. He managed to secure the silver medal with a minimal weight gap ahead of his rival from Vietnam.

Lai Gia Thanh
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Bronze moved to the Vietnamese weightlifter Lai Gia Thanh: he lifted 120 kg in Snatch, 148 kg in Clean & Jerk, and got a total of 268 kg. 

At the Worlds in Saudi Arabia this 2018-junior world champion performed his career-best performance of 123-146-269 to win all three golds. Today he was just several kilos away to equal and even improve the results.

Subscribe to our news and follow our channels to get the latest results of the upcoming days of this stellar qualifying event. On Day 3, keep watching other two categories – the Olympic category Men’s 61 kg and Women’s 55 kg weight divisions.

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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

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