University Sports - Chinese lifters rule at University Games

The Chinese lifters again showed their class on the second day of the 3rd World University Weightlifting Championship in Eilat, Israel.

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Deng Wei of China

In the 58 kg category, Wei Deng achieved the fifth best result in weightlifting history a score that would have won an Olympic medal.

The 244kg lift set a junior world record. In that category the silver medallist, Jing Jong Kuo from Chinese Taipei, finished with a total of 232 kg. The bronze medal went to Mikiko Andon from Japan, after a total result of 203 kg.

"I did not mean to set a new record during the last clean and jerk attempt", said Deng after the competition. “This is my first time in Israel and I enjoy it very much!". 

The Nova Hotel in Eilat was ready for the kind of special arrangements required by the Organising Committee.

A special training area around the swimming pool was busy all day long and the floor trembled every single minute when the heavy weights fall down!

"I eat breakfast, have a training session and then go to the University. I study in the Business School. In the evening I have another training session. I train about four or five hours a day", said Moldavian lifter Artum Pipa, the silver medallist in the men’s 69 kg category.

The gold medal in this category went to Jiongsing Won (ranked 7th at the London Olympics), who made a total of 318 kg. He achieved the same result as Pipa but because his body weight was lower, he won the medal.

In the women’s +63 kg category, the gold went to Natalia Halshtekina from Russia after a total result of 227 kg. The silver medal went to Li Chu from China with a total of 220 kg, while another Russian lifter, Natalia Grishina, got the bronze.

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