Won Jeongsik (KOR) became the first athlete from Korea to win a world title in the men’s 69kg event. Prior to these world championships, Korea had won eight medals in this class but none were gold.
Won was the first athlete to win the world title in both the Snatch and Total men’s 69kg event since Liao Hui (CHN) in 2014.
Doston Yoqubov (UZB) won the world title in the Clean & Jerk event, becoming the first athlete representing Uzbekistan to win a world title in another category than the men’s 105kg. Yoqubov’s previous best result was a seventh place in the Clean & Jerk event at the 2014 world championships.
Korea and Uzbekistan became the sixth and seventh country to win a world title in a men’s 69kg event.
Bernardin Kingue Matam (FRA) claimed the bronze medal in the Total and the Clean & Jerk category – he was the second French athlete to win a medal in a men’s 69kg event, after Vencelas Dabaya (FRA, G2-S1-B4).
Tairat Bunsuk (THA, second in Total and Snatch) was the first athlete representing Thailand to win a medal in a men’s 69kg event.
Mirko Zanni (ITA) finished third in the Snatch event, becoming the first Italian athlete to win a medal in a men’s event at the world championships since 1985. Then, Norberto Oberburger (ITA) won three medals in men’s 110kg events.
The two predicted medal winners CUMMINGS JR Clarence and BEN HNIA Karem (TUN) bombed out – first in the Clean and Jerk and second in the Snatch.