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Shi Zhiyong is Back and Takes Snatch Gold at IWF Grand Prix II in Doha

Shi Zhiyong Grabs Gold in Snatch at IWF Grand Prix II in Doha.

Once again Shi Zhiyong stepped onto the platform and showed the weightlifting community that he means business grabbing the top spot in his Snatch category at the recent IWF Grand Prix II in Doha, Qatar.

When it came to the Clean and Jerk, Shi Zhiyong went to the platform to face a 180 kg bar, which resulted in a good lift, but afterwards he refused to perform his second and third attempt at the lift, punishing him to an 8th place in this round.

Overall this resulted in a 340 kg total granting him an outstanding 2nd place overall and with just a 1 kg difference to his opponent Suhavers Ritvars who took 1st place in the category.


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Again, this is no surprise for the weightlifting community, as he lifted 160 kg in his second attempt, leaving his next opponent behind by 4 kg, earning him the gold, and then failing his third attempt at 163 kg that resulted in a ¨no lift¨, which would be a surprise for some as he had already lifted 163 kg at the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships.

Shi Zhiyong

About Shi Zhiyong

Coming from China, born in 1993, weighing 73 kg and measuring 1,68 m, Shi Zhiyong is one of the most popular and dominant weightlifters on the international stage. With a great career that includes gold medals at the Weightlifting at the 2020 Summer Olympics Men’s in the 73 kg category, and at the 2016 Summer Olympics when he competed in the Men’s 69 kg category, Shi is no stranger to the podium at competitions.

Known for his explosive power and presence when lifting with an all time max Snatch of 169 kg and a 198 in Clean and Jerk, Shi Zhiyong has become the one to look for in weightlifting competitions.

For more on Shi Zhiyong’s performance and the Men’s 73 kg category at the IWF Grand Prix II, you should definitely go and read the recap we made on the 73 kg men’s category here.

Looking Into the Future

While the weightlifting community is on the edge of their seats with Shi Zhiyong’s recent win, we at Torokhtiy Media are already turning our eyes toward the future. With Paris 2024 on the horizon, the IWF Grand Prix II served as a crucial qualifying event.

If you just want to stay up to date with everything that took place at the IWF Grand Prix II you need to go and read our Day to Day recap and the full results.

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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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