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The Merida 2016 World University Championships take off with 22 countries

The USA and China among the women, Japan and China in men took the first honours at the 5th FISU World University Championships in the beautiful city of Merida in Mexico.

Governor of the State of Yucatan, Rolando Zapata Bello opened the event which continued with Chinese Taipei victory on the second day of competition. 2013 world champion and Rio olympic bronze medallist Kuo Hsing-Chun swept the 58kg with a total just one kilo under her Olympic score and the Mexican hosts celebrated their first silver medal thanks to Janeth Gomez.

In the men’s 69kg category 2015 Houston world champion Chinese Chen Lijun managed to defeat Korean Lee Sangyeon only on bodyweight (313kg for both) in a very close competition, while the home crowd rejoiced over two more bronze medals by Munoz.

There is more world-class lifting ahead; follow it through LIVE VIDEO and LIVE SCOREBOARD.

Source: Anikó Németh-Móra, Merida