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Women’s 69kg

MAXIMOVA Xenia (RUS) weighed-in with 63.40kg and slightly made it to the 69kg bodyweight category. It was part of the strategy of the Russian team not to make her compete against her compatriot in the lower 63kg bodyweight.

MAXIMOVA won her first international medal in the 48kg bodyweight category at the 2009 Youth European Champion before moving up to the 58kg where she won the 2012 Youth World Championships and 2013 Junior World Championships.

With a Total of 234kg Total being her Personal Best, she won the Gold Medal in Snatch and in the Total.

ZHANG Li (CHN) 4th place in the Snatch came back to the second place in the Clean & Jerk Gold lifting 1kg more than the Russian lifter. She stood up on the second place of the Podium in the Total with 228kg.

All 3 Bronze Medals were awarded to SARGSYAN Ani (ARM).

Men’s 85

Men’s Snatch

The 2013 IWF World Championships Wroclaw Bronze Medallist OKULOV started his 1st attempt in the Snatch at 158kg after everybody finished the competition. Ending on 165kg, he won the Gold with an 8kg advantage over the Silver Medallist BULAT Iurie (MDA).

Bronze Medal winner HASSAN Ammar Hassan Mabrouk (EGY) had his elbow injured and couldn’t come out for the Clean & Jerk.

The Clean & Jerk competition ended with Russian victory. With 6 Good Lifts, an impressive confidence, technique and strength, OKULOV took the first place of the Podium and the 3 Gold Medals.

The Chinese lifter ZHAO Yongchao lifted 20kg less than the Gold Medallist in the Snatch and ended 7th. More confident in the Clean & Jerk, he almost catch the Russian leader. With 1kg less, he won the Silver, and came up second in the Total with 341kg winning 5 places.

After a 4th place in the Snatch, the Italian lifter PIZZOLATO Antonino almost got 190kg in the Clean & Jerk, but the jury considered the lift as no lift. Nevertheless, with 185kg and his Total of 334kg, he grabbed 2 Bronze Medals.