After a breathtaking European Weightlifting Championships in Yerevan on 15/04-23/04, we’re switching our attention to the Asian Weightlifting Championships where top lifters from this continent were competing in 10 weight categories for men and women, having set up new records.
What is It?
The Asian Weightlifting Championships is another Paris 2024 qualification contest. This time, we were spectating who lead the rating of the qualification for the Olympic Games on 26 July – 11 August in Paris. The participants have to compete at least in three main events (in addition to other requirements), besides the Asian tournament.
When Does It Take Place?
The Asian continental event took place on 03/05-13/05 in Jinju, the Republic of Korea.
More than 260 lifters from 40 nations were competing in these Championships including world and Olympic champions.
This continental championship featured to us exceptional results, new breaking records, and showed athletes who performed their best shot for qualifying for the Olympic Games in Paris. We got to know talented weightlifters who participated in this Asian weightlifting contest and have to admit that the majority of world records in the Men’s and Women’s categories were broken by Asian lifters dominantly, namely from China.
- 🥇Đỗ Tú Tùng (VIE) — 263 (116/147)
- 🥈Ngô Sơn Đỉnh (VIE) — 260 (117/143)
- 🥉Arli Chontey (KAZ) — 258 (117/141)
- 🥇Li Fabin (CHN) — 314 (143/171)
- 🥈Chen Lijun (CHN) — 310 (142/168)
- 🥉Teerapong Silachai (THA) — 298 (132/167)
- 🥇He Yueji (CHN) — 320 (147/173)
- 🥈Lee Sangyeon (KOR) — 314 (139/175)
- 🥉Adkhamjon Ergashev (UZB) — 312 (138/174)
- 🥇Masanori Miyamoto (JPN) — 344 (153/191)
- 🥈Weeraphon Wichuma (THA) — 342 (150/192)
- 🥉Alexey Churkin (KAZ) — 340 (154/186)
- 🥇Hossein Soltani (IRI) — 338 (154/184)
- 🥈Chuang Sheng-Min (TPE) — 334 (154/180)
- 🥉Park Hyeon-Go (KOR) — 324 (143/181)
- 🥇Li Dayin (CHN) — 396 (180/216) WR
- 🥈Tian Tao (CHN) — 387 (165/222) WR
- 🥉Mir Mostafa Javadi (IRI) — 364 (159/205)
- 🥇Liu Huanhua (CHN) — 385 (175/210)
- 🥈Won Jong-Beom (KOR) — 382 (171/211)
- 🥉Sarat Sumpradit (THA) — 380 (173/207)
- 🥇Nurgissa Adiletuly (KAZ) — 400 (181/219)
- 🥈Jin Yun-Seong (KOR) — 398 (180/218)
- 🥉Jang Yeon-Hak (KOR) — 392 (182/210)
- 🥇Ruslan Nurudinov (UZB) — 405 (177/228)
- 🥈Artyom Antropov (KAZ) — 399 (172/227)
- 🥉Andas Samarkanov (KAZ) — 390 (169/221)
- 🥇Gor Minasyan (BHR) — 464 (217/247)
- 🥈Rustam Djangabaev (UZB) — 437 (196/241)
- 🥉Akbar Djuraev (UZB) — 437 (195/242)
- 🥇Chayuttra Pramongkhol (THA) — 177 (77/100)
- 🥈Rose Jean Ramos (PHI) — 161 (73/88)
- 🥉Siti Nafisatul Hariroh (INA) — 159 (71/88)
- 🥇Jiang Huihua (CHN) — 207 (94/113)
- 🥈Hou Zhihui (CHN) — 204 (93/111)
- 🥉Surodchana Khambao (THA) — 200 (90/110)
- 🥇Chen Guan-Ling (TPE) — 204 (90/114)
- 🥈Bindyarani Devi (IND) — 194 (83/111)
- 🥉Võ Thị Quỳnh Như (VIE) — 192 (88/104)
- 🥇Luo Shifang (CHN) — 238 (105/133)
- 🥈Pei Xinyi (CHN) — 236 (103/133)
- 🥉Kuo Hsing-Chun (TPE) — 230 (102/128)
- 🥇Gangzorigiin Anuujin (MGL) — 211 (93/118)
- 🥈Medine Amanowa (TKM) — 207 (90/117)
- 🥉Fatemeh Keshavarz (IRI) — 194 (85/109)
- 🥇Liao Guifang (CHN) — 268 (120WR/148) WR
- 🥈Vanessa Sarno (PHI) — 239 (107/132)
- 🥉Chen Wen-Huei (TPE) — 232 (131/101)
- 🥇Kim Su-Hyeon (KOR) — 243 (109/134)
- 🥈Siriyakorn Khaipandung (THA) — 237 (110/127)
- 🥉Lee Min-Ji (KOR) — 228 (100/128)
- 🥇Liang Xiaomei (CHN) — 275 (120/155)
- 🥈Wang Zhouyu (CHN) — 261 (115/146)
- 🥉Mönkhjantsangiin Ankhtsetseg (MGL) — 243 (108/135)
- 🥇Lo Ying-Yuan (TPE) — 241 (110/131)
- 🥈Yun Ha-Je (KOR) — 231 (99/132)
- 🥉Rigina Adashbaeva (UZB) — 230 (103/127)
- 🥇Li Wenwen (CHN) — 315 (140/175)
- 🥈Park Hye-Jeong (KOR) — 295 (127/168)
- 🥉Son Young-Hee (KOR) — 289 (120/169)
WR/AS Recap and Totals
This year, the World Record was held by Li Dayin from China in Snatch (180 kg) and Total (396 kg), and by Tian Tao from China in Clean & Jerk of 222 kg in the Category 89 kg.
The total Asian Record was held by the Bahraini lifter Gor Minasyan from the Men’s category 109+ kg who performed 217 kg in Snatch, 247 kg in Clean & Jerk, and total he got 464 kg.
We have three winners from the medal table concerning their results who will be able to compete in the next stage:
- China: 9 gold, 5 silver, and 0 bronze, with a total of 14 medals.
- Chinese Taipei: 2 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze, a total of 5 medals.
- South Korea: 1 gold, 5 silver, and 4 bronze, a total of 10 medals.
Tian Tao C&J World Record (Cat. Men’s 89 kg):
Despite the majority said he missed as much as he made, the Chinese weightlifter Tian Tao set the World Record in Clean & Jerk with 222 kg.
He performed the first attempt with a very strong Clean, he did a powerful jerk by making a total of 210 kg in C&J. He gave us quite a spectacular and incredible show by lifting those record kilograms. For the second attempt in 222 kg in C&J, Tao opted for a 12 kg jump, trying to beat a World Record earlier made by Karlos Nasar from Bulgaria at the 2023 European Weightlifting Championships.
It needs to be mention that after years of being out of the international competitions and after been retired from Tokyo Games, we saw Tian Tao’s return to break the record in 222 kg: having done the Clean part, he failed to fix the weights over the head. But, still, the last attemp was left to perform C&J at the best.
Finally, the third attempt was a winning one: Tian made an unbelievable lift session and bit Nasar’s record of 221 kg in C&J, and the World Record accordingly. So, he proved that his career yet is not over.
Li Dayin World Record (Cat. Men’s 89 kg):
However, Tao didn’t succeed to become a total winner in his category because of his Snatch of 165 kg. His teammate Li Dayin became a gold medalist in this year AWC by making an unbeatable and superb Snatch of 180 kg and the total of 396 kg compared to Tian’s total of 387 kg. As a result, he beat two World Records in Snatch and Total, and which he stole from Karlos Nasar by making one kilogram more than the Bulgarian athlete ( Nasar’s total is 395 kg, while Dayin’s – 396 kg).
Dayin also secured the silver for his Clean & Jerk with 216 kg. Previously being in the Category 81 kg that won’t be at the Paris Games 2024, he also holds the World Record in Snatch (171 kg) to this day.
Liao Guifang World Record ( Cat. Women’s 71 kg):
A female Chinese weightlifter from the division of 71 kg managed to break two World Records in Snatch of 120 kg, and her total of 268 kg. Overally, she took three gold medals additionally to the Clean & Jerk of 148 kg. Liao surpassed her country mate Zhang Wangli, who set the world record in a total of 167 kg during the 2018 World Weightlifting Championships.
About the Upcoming Olympic Games in Paris and the Asian Qualifying Stage
The fact is that the Men’s category of 89 kg is one of the most competitive in the Games. And it’s one of 5 weight categories that will be presented in Paris, with only 10 athletes who will take part in the contest. Moreover, the International Olympic Committee Executive Board reduced the athlete quota for weightlifting greatly for the Olympic Games in Paris, and now it’s 120 lifters compared with 196 athletes in Tokyo 2020.
Although, getting into the top 10 on the IWF leaderboard is just the initial issue. The next step is to choose the most competitive and talented athletes considering the weightlifting quota dicrease: that means to choose only one lifter per a category. For 2024, the quota in weightlifting is divided in the following groups:
- Olympic Qualification Ranking — 10 spots per category: 50 male athletes, 50 female athletes (100 total)
- Continental Representation — one place per event: five male athletes, five female athletes (10 total)
- Host Country Quota (France) — one place per event: two male athletes, two female athletes (four total)
- Universality Places — one place per event: three male athletes, three female athletes (six total)
Being one of IWF members, China should define only three athletes who will represent the country. Hence, just 10 strongest qualified lifters who showed themselves at their totals best during the qualification period will receive an invitation for the Games. So, Li Dayin and Tian Tao have all the chances to compete in the summer 2024.
Author: Ihor Shymechko
PRO Olympic Weightlifter, Coach
Best Results: Snatch – 208 kg,
C&J – 240 kg
Ihor has been a professional weightlifter since 1996, boasting over two decades of competition experience. His notable achievements include clinching the European Championship in 2009 and securing a silver medal in the 105kg division at the Senior World Championships in 2011. Ihor represented his country in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Summer Olympics.
After retiring from competitive weightlifting, he transitioned to coaching, leveraging his vast experience to guide athletes who now compete on both national and international stages.