News Olympic Weightlifting QATAR 2023

Liang Xiaomei Won Gold in Total (Both Golds Snatch and C&J) and Set 2 World Records at IWF Grand Prix II

On the ninth day of the IWF Grand Prix II weightlifting competition in Qatar, Chinese Liang Xiaomei emerged victorious in the 81 kg women’s category in Snatch and Clean & Jerk, adding two gold medals and two world records to her name.

Snatch Performance

After amassing Silver and Bronze in Snatch at the 2022 and 2023 World Championships in the 81 kg women’s category, Liang came to this competition in top form.

She made three attempts in Snatch on the day, claiming a gold medal on her third attempt. On her first attempt, she lifted 115 kg. Then she added 5 kilos and went for 120 kg on her second attempt.

On a day filled with high-intensity and nerve-racking competition, she went for 123 kg on her third attempt to win a gold medal.

Her previous results in Snatch on major events were:

  • 2022 World Championship – 118 kg
  • 2023 World Championship – 122 kg

She exceeded all expectations to achieve her personal best.

Liang Xiaomei Qatar

Clean and Jerk Performance

As a gold medalist in Clean and Jerk in her two previous 81 kg women’s events at the 2022 and 2023 World Championships, Liang was mentally prepared to battle it all out.

She went for two attempts, sparing her third and final attempt. On her first attempt, she lifted 150 kg. On her second attempt, she lifted 161 kg, her personal best, to win the gold medal. She set a new Senior World Record in the C&J.

Her previous results in Clean and Jerk were:

  • 2022 World Championship – 152 kg
  • 2023 World Championship – 159 kg

Perhaps this is the tip of the iceberg of the career of the Chinese superstar on the global stage.

Liang Xiaomei Qatar

Total Performance

Liang Xiaomei kept calm, performed with intensity and consistency, and made her country proud.

Having won two gold medals in the 81 kg women’s category at the 2022 and 2023 World Championships, she went all-out to defend her medals.

She clocked 284 kg in Total, her personal best. She earned a gold medal and set a new record in the process.

Her previous results in Total were:

  • 2022 World Championship – 270 kg
  • 2023 World Championship – 281 kg

About Liang Xiaomei

career. She won a gold medal in the 87 kg women’s category at the 2022 Asian Games.

She is the first and only athlete to beat the weights set by the IWF to establish her own record. What’s more surprising is that she made her first debut on the IWF platform in 2016, where she competed in the Junior World Championship.

After 2016, she went on a seven-year hiatus. She returned in 2022 to compete at the 2022 World Championship, where she won her first medal. Since then, she has been putting up a commanding performance. Perhaps due to long years of intensive training.

As the Paris Olympics emerges, she will look to add more medals to her collections and perhaps break more records. However, her outstanding performance in this competition will aid her ambitions to go to Paris.

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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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