Chinese victories on the first day of the Junior World Championships
Competition started at the Junior World Championships and Pan American Olympic Qualification Event in Antigua Guatemala with 54 countries participating in the 3 events running simultaneously.
Altogether 440 athletes came to participate in the event. 37 Women and 87 Men will do their best to earn Olympic quotas for their country in the Pan-American Olympic Qualification Event.
In regard to the 2012 IWF Junior World Championships, 118 Women and 154 Men will compete on stage to win the titles.
Several lifters came back to defend their title:
Women Junior World Champions in 2011: TURIEVA Tima (RUS – 2011 Junior World Champion in the 63kg bodyweight category now competing in the 69kg), ZUBOVA Olga (RUS – 75kg).
Men Junior World Champions in 2011: CHEN Xiaong (CHN – 56kg), MAO Chen (CHN – 62kg), GODELLI Daniel (ALB – 69kg), MOHAMMADPOURKARKARAGH Saeid (IRI – 94kg), ARROYO VALDEZ Jorge David (ECU – 105kg), MOULAEI Bahador (IRI – +105kg)
The first medal of the 2012 IWF Junior World Championships was won by the 17 year old Chinese lifter Feng Linmei. Attending her first international competition, she can bring home with pride a silver medal for the Clean & Jerk and a gold medal for the Snatch and the Total.
The silver medal in the Total went PRAMONGKHOL Sirivimon (THA) who ended the competition with a Total of 183kg – only 3kg less then Feng Linmei. SIRIMONGKHON Wipada won the second medal for Thailand.
In the Men’s 56kg bodyweight category, the 2010 Junior World Champion CHEN Xiong (CHN) won the gold medal lifting 13kg more than his main challenger in his category. The Spanish lifter BRACHI Josue, 5th at the 2011 European Weightlifting Championships Kazan, Russia managed to grab the silver, while JOHN Serna won a bronze medal for Colombia.
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