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2018 WUC closed: Exellence in mind, body – and in organisation

The heavyweights got into action on the final day of the 2018 WUC. USA, Austria and Germany vied for the top positions in the men’s 105kg and shared the snatch medals. KOCH Florian from Austria was best in snatch, but in clean and jerk LIN Sheng-Lun from TPE rose to prominence. However, the overall winner was GUNTHER Bjorn, Germany.

In the women’s 90kg Tom GOEGEBUER’s lifter, European Championship silver medallist VANBELLINGHEN Anna represented Belgium, won hands down, and added 3 WUC gold medals to her collection.

Women’s +90kg – 2017 Universiade 4th Korean KO A-Rang and 2016 WUC 3rd Mexican BUENO PLACENCIA Gladis G. were fighting for the gold medals. Since the Korean was better on both lifts, finishing with 339kg in total, she won all the three gold medals ahead of BUENO.

The men’s superheavies were last to board the platform. Serbia’s KAJDOCI Tamas came out last but in snatch he received strong competition from HSIEH Yun-Ting, TPE who received the gold for 170kg, four kilograms over the Serbian’s. Ecitement rose in clean and jerk where KAJDOCI met his match in NONAKA Masahiro, Japan. Their chase ended with the Serbian tackling 222kg successfully for a 388kg winning total.

The WUC in Biala Podlaska came to an end with a Closing Ceremony whereby FISU 1st Vice President Leonz EDER praised the organisers and the excellence of the participants.

“As FISU Technical Delegate for Weightlifting, I am happy and proud to have had another successful World University Championships like this one in Biala Podlaska. All participants had a great time and enjoyed perfect competing, lodging and catering conditions. Last but not least, we must be grateful to the hosts for their traditional warm Polish hospitality.” – said Anikó NÉMETH-MÓRA, in charge of supervising the event. “The IWF has also expressed its full satisfaction and appreciation to the hosts for what was an entirely excellent event with 26 countries participating.” – confirmed IWF Technical Delegate Mátyás LENCSÉR.