IWF World Cup concluded in Fuzhou
The IWF World Cup in Fuzhou, CHN has successfully concluded in Fujian Province, China. The city returned to the circulation of international weightlifting after the IWF Grand Prix in 2015. The 2019 IWF World Cup turned out just as magnificent as the Grand Prix four years ago. The Organizing Committee, under the professional leadership of Mr. Zhou Jinqiang, Chinese Weightlifting Association President, did an outstanding job, worthy of the high standard of weightlifters competing.
Being a Silver event, an important milestone in the Olympic Qualification for 2020 Tokyo, participants arrived the World Cup from 16 countries of 3 continents to compete for serious money prices.
Mr. Zhou confirmed they have the intention to organize a second IWF World Cup still in 2019.
The event was held in a modern, impressive sports center. The Fujian Training Center, which opened four years ago thanks to the efforts of former national team head coach Chen Wenbin, with more than 50 training stations, residential blocks for a large team of coaches and athletes from Fujian province, offices and other sport facilities, provided excellent opportunities for the weightlifters.
Chinese weightlifters collected 31 gold medals breaking 15 World Records (Junior and Senior), taking the lead on the Medals table.
Deng Wei lived up to her fame as one of the world’s best – and most popular – weightlifters with three world records in only four lifts as she won the women’s 64 kilograms. Deng, a local hero broke her own World Records in the Snatch, Clean and Jerk and Total.
As a surprise, the women’s super-heavyweight world champion Tatiana Kashirina suffered her first defeat since 2012 and finished third behind two Chinese lifters, the World Championships runner-up Meng Suping and the outstanding teenager Li Wemwen, who was making her first international appearance.
You can read all the results here!
Source: Brian Oliver, Inside the Games
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