DPR Korea on verge of becoming most successful nation in 2014
DPR Korea have won 12 gold medals at the 2014 world Championships, three more than China, who follow with nine.
If DPR Korea is still on top after Sunday’s events, it is the first time they will have the most gold medals in a single weightlifting World Championships.
The last year China failed to first on the medal table in a single weightlifting World Championships was 13 years ago. In 2001, Russia won eight gold medals, two more than China.
The last time China finished with fewer than 10 gold medals in a single World Championships was in 2001.
Tatiana Kashirina (RUS) has won six world titles in the women’s +75kg and is two gold medals shy of the event record held by Jang Mi-Ran (KOR).
Jang Mi-Ran won her record eight world titles in this event between 2005 and 2009, while Kashirina has won her titles between 2009 and 2013.
Kashirina has won the Snatch world title in the +75kg event three times (2009, 2010, 2011), which ties the record held by Mu Shuangshuang (CHN, 2005, 2006, 2007).
Behdad Salimikordasiabi (IRI) has won four world titles in the +105kg, recoding a hat-trick (winning Snatch, Clean and Jerk and Total) in 2011 and winning the Total in 2010. He did not participate at the 2013 World Championships.
Salimikordasiabi can become the second man to record two hat-tricks in this event following his compatriot Hossein Rezazadeh (IRI), who achieved this feat in 2002 and 2006.
Salimikordasiabi’s four gold medals rank him third in the +105kg behind Rezazadeh’s 10 and Jabeer Saeed Salem’s (QAT) five.