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Youngsters lift in grown-up style at Chiangmai – Youth WWC in progress

Despite their young age (13-17 years old) the competitors of the 1st Youth WWC in Thailand display remarkably high-class lifting in both the boys’ and the girls’ categories.
On the fourth day into the Championships, the Chinese team is still far ahead of the rest of 47 countries participating. Among the youth men, the first three categories were dominated by China before Russia finally taking over the gold in the 69kg.
In the girls’ division the picture is much more varied: Turkish Okur took the honour among the smallest (44kg) to become the first ever youth world champion woman, followed by Chinese Wang Li (in 48kg) and Minkova of Bulgaria in 53kg. Deng Wei took back the lead with the total gold medal in 58kg and in the 63kg the host Thailand could finally celebrate its first world champion: Srisuwan Darat.
The competitions can be followed online – live scoreboard and results.