The 2019 Weightlifting World Championships: North Korea’s Om breaks two 55kg world records
Om Yun Chol of North Korea broke the men’s 55kg clean and jerk and total world records as retaining his 3 gold medals on the opening day of the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships in Pattaya.
The 2012 London Olympic Champion bettered Om’s own clean and jerk mark of 162kg with success at 166kg, which gave him a world record-breaking of 294kg.
Before lifting 166kg, he managed 155kg but failed at 163kg.
He won the snatch with a lift of 128kg, which gave him an 8kg lead going into the clean and jerk.
Now he is a five-time overall world champion with 12 gold medals to his name on the global stage.
Igor Son of Kazakhstan was overall silver medalist with 266kg, having finished fourth in the clean and jerk with 146kg and third in the snatch with 120kg.
Mansour Abdulrahim M Al Saleem of Saudi Arabia rounded off the podium with 265kg following his bronze medal in the clean and jerk with 147kg and the sixth-place finish in the snatch with 118kg.
Nguyen Tran Anh Tuan of Vietnam was the snatch silver medalist with 120kg, meanwhile, Hafez Ghashghaei of Iran lifted 149kg in the clean and jerk and finished runner up.
In the women’s 45kg competition, Turkey’s European champion Şaziye Erdoğan triumphed overall with 169kg after having won the snatch with 77kg and come second in the clean and jerk on 92kg.
Ludia M. Montero Ramos of Cuba finished 2kg behind Erdoğan in the silver-medal position and ranked fourth in the clean and jerk with 91kg and second in the snatch with 76kg.
Lisa Setiawati of Indonesia had to settle for third place overall with 165kg, in spite of winning the clean and jerk with 95kg. She could only manage to rank seventh in the snatch, lifting 70kg.
Vietnam had bronze medalists in both the snatch and clean and jerk.
Khong My Phuong, Vietnam’s junior world champion, posted 74kg in the snatch and Asian champion Vuong Thi Huyen registered 91kg in the clean and jerk.