2013 IWF World Championships concluded in Wroclaw, Poland
The competition where 292 lifters competed for the Gold was a huge success. The Organizing Committee engaged the crowd during the competitions and with outstanding performances, the athletes put on the show at the competition venue. With sports presentation playing a key role, spectators enjoyed their time at the Centennial Hall.
Two Olympic Champions from London 2012 were crowned World Champions: OM Yun Chol (PRK) in the Men’s 56kg and LYU Xiaojun (CHN) in the Men’s 77kg.
Six World Records were broken:
In the 69kg bodyweight category,GULIYEV Firidun (AZE) broke the Clean & Jerk Junior World Record of LIAO Hui (CHN) setting it to 194kg.
Also in the 69kg, the first Senior World Record of the event was set by LIAO Hui (CHN) in the Clean & Jerk with 198kg, and still not enough he added a World Record of 358kg in the Total.
In the 77kg category, LYU Xiaojun (CHN) took the lead and broke 2 World Records – 176kg in the Snatch and 380kg in the Total.
The one and only World Record among Women was set by the Russian lifter KASHIRINA Tatiana in the Clean & Jerk with 190kg in the +75kg bodyweight category.
The ELEIKO-IWF Press Commission’s Trophy of “Best Lifter” within Men went to LIAO Hui (CHN) while the “Best Women” Trophy was awarded to KASHIRINA Tatiana (RUS). The World Record Holder World Champions took over their Trophies at the Closing Ceremony of the event.
Awards were presented by the Polish Organizing Committee according to the Sinclair points.
With a Sinclair of 483.7667, LIAO Hui (CHN) took over the special award and with 348.2253 KASHIRINA Tatiana (RUS) received the Polish Trophy.
According to the Team classification, the first 6 best performing Men and Women Team stood up on stage during the Closing Ceremony.
Within the 168 participating Men lifters out of 49 countries, the Russian Team finished on the first place. The ranking follows as: People’s Republic of China, Islamic Republic of Iran, Poland, Kazakhstan, and Colombia.
Among Women from the 124 participating lifters from 37 countries, Russia, People’s Republic of China, Mexico, Colombia, Poland and Ukraine got awarded. (For more details check out the RESULT BOOK)
Altogether 25 athletes from 10 countries won the so highly coveted Gold Medals and according to the Medal Tally, People’s Republic of China won the most with 12 for Women and 8 for Men.
We were delighted to witness impressive athletes, World Records, happy surprises, unfortunate defeats and a joyful atmosphere heated by a generous public, great fans and sport lovers.
On behalf of the IWF we are thankful to the Polish Organizing Committee led by the President of the Polish Weightlifting Federation Szymon Kolecki for the perfectly organized 2013 IWF World Championships in Wroclaw, Poland.