2022 World Weightlifting Championships: The BEST Highlights

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2022 World Weightlifting Championships: The BEST Highlights

If you’re a weightlifter, then you definitely don’t want to miss out on the 2022 World Weightlifting Championships! This competition was set to be an epic showdown of some of the strongest and most competitive athletes in the world. It was filled with both intense showmanship and brutal physicality as these amazing lifters fought for glory.  So if you want the latest updates on this tournament and who the ultimate champions are, buckle up – it promises to be a wild ride!


From Dec. 5-16th, Colombia saw some of the most impressive feats in recent history as competitors set and broke new world records across weight categories amidst old rivalries that amped up the drama even more. Weightlifters courageously faced altitude sickness to start their path to success for the Paris 2024 Olympics

 

The IWF considered using two platforms instead of one at the competition but the venue proved to be unsuitable. During the competition, an increase in the number of no lift results was attributed by competitors and staff to the city's altitude above sea level with weightlifters experiencing difficulty in taking in enough oxygen.

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Get ready - you don't want to miss what these athletes had up their sleeves!


2022 World Weightlifting Championships | Women’s Results

The athletes are ranked on their amazing Total, and let's not forget about their incredible snatch and clean & jerk (which we've conveniently included in parentheses)

45 Kilograms

  1. Thanyathon Sukcharoen (THA) — 182 (82/100)
  2. Chayuttra Pramongkhol (THA) — 180 (78/102)
  3. Manuela Berrio (COL) — 170 (77/93)

49 Kilograms

  1. Jiang Huihua (CHN) — 206 (93/113)
  2. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (IND) — 200 (87/113)
  3. Hou Zhihui (CHN) — 198 (89/109)

55 Kilograms

  1. Hidilyn Diaz (PHI) — 207 (93/114)
  2. Rosalba Morales (COL) — 199 (89/110)
  3. Ana Gabriela López (MEX) — 198 (90/108)

59 Kilograms

  1. Yenny Álvarez Caicedo (COL) — 234 (101/133)
  2. Kuo Hsing-Chun (TPE)  232 (102/130)
  3. Maude Charron (CAN)  231 (103/128)

Colombia was abuzz with excitement as 1,800 cheering fans in Bogotá witnessed an incredible moment: amazing Yenny Alvarez taking down two Olympic champions and claiming the gold medal at the Worlds! That final lift, which brought the biggest cheer of many, improved her best clean and jerk by 6 kg. This made her not only the first woman to win since 2016, but also gave her a massive victory against formidable talent and Olympic Gold medalist from Taiwan - Kuo Hsing-Chun. Truly something special!

64 Kilograms

  1. Pei Xinyi (CHN) — 233 (105/128)
  2. Wamalun Rattanawan (THA) — 227 (101/126)
  3. Nathalia Mosquera Llamosa (COL) — 224 (101/123)

Pei Xinyi, a remarkable Chinese teenager, celebrated her 17th birthday 10 weeks ago by absolutely dominating Bogotá! She set a senior world record and earned  gold medals with her attempts. After failing on her final attempt of 135 kilos, she still finished well ahead of competitors from Thailand and Colombia to win an impressive total score of 233 kg - congratulations Pei!!

71 Kilograms

  1. Loredana Elena Toma (ROU) — 256 (119/137)
  2. Zeng Tiantian (CHN) — 253 (113/140)
  3. Angie Palacios Dajomes (ECU) — 252 (116/136)

Loredana-Elena Toma made history, becoming the only non-Asian holder of a current world record in women's weightlifting! She proudly claimed her second title after beating a competitor from China. What an incredible accomplishment for this inspiring athlete.

FOTO: Facebook / Romanian Weightlifting Federation

76 Kilograms

  1. Sara Samir Ahmed (EGY) — 261 (113/148)
  2. Mattie Rogers (USA) — 247 (109/138)
  3. Kim Suhyeon (KOR) — 245 (108/137)

Sara from Egypt was TOP in this weight class, but maybe you don't know by now, that Mattie Rogers has medaled at a historic five world championships in a row and that her worlds medal count has reached an astonishing THIRTEEN. Also this 76 kg performance in Bogotá also marks her MOST SUCCESSFUL worlds placement?! It’s the first time she’s swept the 🥈 medals!

    81 Kilograms

    1. Liang Xiaomei (CHN) — 270 (118/152)
    2. Wang Zhouyu (CHN) — 266 (115/151)
    3. Tamara Salazar Arce (ECU) — 262 (114/148)

    87 Kilograms

    1. Solfrid Koanda (NOR) — 260 (113/147)
    2. Eileen Cikamatana (AUS) — 249 (109 140)
    3. Tursunoy Jabborova (UZB) — 241 (112/129)

    Solfrid Koanda made history in Colombia as Norway's first female world champion! She took home an incredible set of gold medals and we couldn't be more proud. Congratulations Solfrid!!

    +87 Kilograms

    1. Li Wenwen (CHN) — 311 (141/170)
    2. Emily Jade Campbell (GBR) — 287 (122/165)
    3. Duangaksorn Chaidee (THA) — 286 (126/160)

      2022 World Weightlifting Championships | Men’s Results

      55 Kilograms

      1. Theerapong Silachai (THA) — 265 (117/148)
      2. Ngô Sơn Đỉnh (VIE) — 260 (117/143)
      3. Kim Yong-ho (KOR) — 260 (115/145)

      61 Kilograms

      1. Li Fabin (CHN) — 312 (137/175)
      2. Eko Yuli Irawan (INA) — 300 (135/165)
      3. He Yueji (CHN) — 296 (136/160)

      67 Kilograms

      1. Francisco Mosquera (COL) — 325 (143/182)
      2. Chen Lijun (CHN) — 324 (148/176)
      3. Wichuma Weeraphon (THA) 323 (143/180)

      73 Kilograms

      1. Rahmat Erwin Abdullah (INA) — 352 (152/200)
      2. Rizki Junyiansyah (INA) — 347 (155/192)
      3. Alexey Churkin (KAZ) — 343 (153/190)

      81 Kilograms

      1. Li Dayin (CHN) — 372 (171/201)
      2. Rejepbay Rejepow (TKM) — 366 (164/202)
      3. Woo Jae Kim (KOR) — 357 (162/195)

      89 Kilograms

      1. Keydomar Vallenilla Sanchez (VEN) — 385 (175/210)
      2. Brayan Rodallegas Carvajal (COL) — 381 (170/211)
      3. Liu Huanhua (CHN) — 381 (166/215)

      Keydomar moved to the lighter weight class and won the World Champ title. Still a Junior Karlos Nasar had a rocky start - he bombed out in snatch. But then soared to new heights when he shattered the clean and jerk world record (220 kg) by an incredible 3 kilograms! What a day of drama for Karlos - here's hoping his success continues.

      96 Kilograms

      1. Lesman Paredes Montaño (BRN) — 397 (185/212)
      2. Nurgissa Adiletuly (KAZ) — 383 (174/209)
      3. Jhor Torres Moreno (COL) — 380 (171/209) 380

      Originally Colombian, Lesman Paredes became second time World Champion, but this time he won this title for Bahrein and brought for the first ever three Gold medals to his new country.

      102 Kilograms

      1. Fares Ibrahim El-Bakh (QAT) — 391 (174/217)
      2. Reza Dehdar (IRI) — 390 (177/213)
      3. Samvel Gasparyan (ARM) — 389 (175/214)

      109 Kilograms

      1. Ruslan Nurudinov (UZB) — 397 (177/220) 
      2. Giorgi Chkheidze (GEO) — 389 (170/219)
      3. Rafael Cerro Castillo (COL) — 388 (174/214)

      +109 Kilograms

      1. Lasha Talakhadze (GEO) —466 (215/251)
      2. Gor Minasyan (BRN) — 462 (212/250)
      3. Varazdat Lalayan (ARM) — 461 (215/246)

      For the first time in nearly five years, multiple world record-holder and double Olympic champion missed two lifts. But that did not stop his success; he valiantly lifted 251 kilograms to secure the gold medal for men's super-heavyweight! The stakes were high as fellow competitors Man Asaad of Syria and Ali Davoudi of Iran gave their all in a thrilling attempt to beat him out for top spot.

      Red Lights

      Athletes competed under extreme conditions at the IWF World Championships in Bogotá, a high-altitude city of more than 2,600 meters! Sadly, this caused numerous no-lifts - but it's an impressive feat to have gone up against such difficult challenges.

      Impressive numbers of athletes have pushed themselves beyond their boundaries to gain a spot in the grueling A Groups, and it's paying off! Red lights being more common amongst this group suggests that participants are giving it their all!

      Team Heat

      It is also interesting to mention that in the Women team classification China was on top, second place was USA (first time in history), and third position was for Colombia. In the men team classification, Colombia was the leader, followed by Georgia and China. 


      Fight Go Wild

      It’s been an amazing event in the world of weightlifting! We just witnessed some truly remarkable athletes pushing themselves to their absolute limits and breaking records at the recent World Championship. The passion, drive, and dedication brought by these lifters was unparalleled as they made history one move at a time - from new personal bests to completely rewritten record books! 

      The 2022 World Weightlifting Championship was an incredible display of strength and determination, with some amazing results! It was truly a competition worth celebrating - congratulations to all who competed! 


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