Elite weightlifters of China enjoyed mixed fortunes at the Ready Steady Tokyo Olympic test event taking place at Tokyo International Forum, with two breaking world records while others missed so many lifts.
There was also a career-best performance by Masanori Miyamoto from Japan as well as a visit from the former Prime Minister of Japan Yoshiro Mori, who is President of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee.
Weightlifting is the first sport to take test event to involve the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which is organizing the competition with the partnership of the Japan Weightlifting Association and the support of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).
Chinese weightlifter Chen Lijun, who had held three world records in the 67kg, had a day to forget since he bombed out in the snatch and lost his world record in that lift to his teammate Huang Minhao.
Huang, 26 years old, made 155-173 for a career-best 328kg, while Chen Lijun came out for 2 clean and jerks to show what may have been, lifting 170-180 and then skipping the third attempt.
The other world record of the day, also in the snatch, belonged to Hou Zhihui in the women’s 49kg after she had made all 3 snatch attempts to finish on 95kg and beaten her own world record by 1kg. However, she missed 2 clean and jerks and totaled 205kg, better than her teammate Jang Huihua by only 1kg.
The most improved performance by a lifter of Japan came from Miyamoto, the second to Shi Zhiyong in the men’s 73kg.
In the IWF World Championships of last year, gold medallist Shi finished 29kg clear of 12th-placed Miyamoto. It was much closer at the Forum since Shi missed 3 attempts to finish on 345kg.
Miyamoto upgraded his national record and personal best by 10kg in order to finish on 341kg, only 4kg behind Shi.
Li Dayin, 21 years old, made the biggest lift of the day with a 202kg clean and jerk and then finished well clear of world champion Lyu Xiaojun in the 81kg.