PRK sweeps first day of Taipei Universiade
After a fascinating Opening Ceremony, the 2017 Taipei Universiade commenced with weightlifting producing the first medal winners of the Games. FISU President Oleg MATSYSIN presented the gold medal to Olympic champion superstar OM Yun Chol who excelled with 5 new Universiade records and a very nearly missed world record at 172kg in clean and jerk in the 56kg category. OM opened the streak of victories for DPR Korea that continued in the women’s 48kg and the men’s 62kg – all completed on the same day.
In 48kg RI Song Gum was dominant, twice rewriting the Universiade total record and finishing with 193kg ahead of PIRON Beatriz of DOM and Olympic silver medallist AGUSTIANI of Indonesia.
No less supremacy was shown in the 62kg by PRK lifter SIN Chol Bom (303kg) and a new Universiade record in clean and jerk of 171kg. The silver went to VAZQUEZ MENDEZ Antonio of Mexico and TPE athlete KAO Chan-Hung took the bronze.