Antalya 2010 WWC Overall
At the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Weightlifting Championships Antalya, the Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, Mehmet Ali Sahin said during his inaugural speech that „There is one language which is spoken as a common one by mankind, and it’s the language of sports.” He also said that this competition will contribute to peace and friendship among participating countries.
The Weightlifting Championships held in Antalya, Turkey was a well organized and wonderfully managed competition that welcomed 515 participating lifters out of 74 countries. 65 platforms were provided for the training within the competition hall which considerably facilitated the work out sessions of the athletes. 203 women from 50 countries competed on stage at the Expo Center for the 21st edition for Women World Championships.
This year’s competition has been mostly about breaking records. Women performed above all expectations with setting 20 new World Records. The majority where realized by lifters from China, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey.
The one and only World Record among Men was set by the Chinese lifter LIAO Hui who dominated the 69kg category and showed a high technical superiority in his outstanding performance. He broke the Senior World Records in Clean & Jerk as well as in Total.
The 1500th Women’s World Championship Medal was awarded to SHIMKOVA Svetlana (RUS) who reached first place in the Women 69kg 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).
According to the Team classification, the first 6 best performing Men and Women Team stood up on stage during the Closing Ceremony to receive a special award. Within the 312 participating men lifters out of 63 countries, the Chinese Team finished as first. The ranking follows as Russia, Poland, Uzbekistan, Iran and Korea. Among Women, China, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Russia, Colombia and Thailand got awarded within Team classification. (For more details please consult the RESULT BOOK)
Altogether 28 athletes from 11 countries won the so highly coveted Gold Medals.
We were delighted to witness great fights, happy surprises, and tactical games as well as unfortunate defeats. On behalf of the IWF we are thankful to the Turkish Organizing Committee and Dr.Hasan Akkus for providing successful and pleasurable Championships.