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The 2022 IWF Junior and Youth World Championships

The 2022 IWF Junior World Championships were held in Heraklion, Greece, from 2 to 10 May 2022 while 2022 IWF Youth World Championships is still on in Leon, Mexico. The Championships witnessed some scintillating performances with multiple world records broken.

The first day of the IWF Junior World Championship in Greece saw men’s and women’s events from Group A. In the Women’s 45kg category, India won its first gold when Harshada GARUD lifted 70kgs in Snatch. Last years IWF Junior World Champion of the same category in the Clean & Jerk program, Cansu BEKTAS from Turkey won gold as she lifted 85kg on her third attempt. In the Men’s 55kg category, European Junior and Youth Champion, Garnik CHOLAKYAN from Armenia went 3 from 3 and secured a gold in both Snatch, and Clean and Jerk. The Women’s 49 kg category witnessed a similar success story with Windy Cantika Aisah from Indonesia, who won golds without much competition.

The second day was highlighted by the first world record of the Championships with Hampton Morris from the USA going 3 from 3 with a lift of 160kgs, breaking the Junior World Record by 1 kg. The Men’s 67kg category on the third day featured prominent names- 2021 IWF Youth World Champion Weeraphon WICHUMA from Thailand, 2021 European Junior Champion Gor SAHAKYAN from Armenia and 2021 IWF Junior World Championships Bronze medallist Fehmi Yusuf GENC from Turkey; all of them picking up all the medals in the category.

Day four, five, six, and seven saw many debutants as well as reigning Junior world championship medallists. The penultimate day witnessed two new junior world records. After last year’s win and Junior World Record, Bohdan HOZA from Ukraine continued where he left of. He not only won Gold after his first successful Snatch of 180kg but broke his own Junior World Record by 1kg in the second attempt(191kg). In his third lift he increased to 195kg and clinched his second Junior World Record of the day.  As the final lift of the event, the record was a fitting conclusion to the highly successful Championships.  The complete results of the event can be found here

The 2022 IWF Youth World Championships in Leon, Mexico will run until the 18th of June. Already by now we have witnessed some stunning performances including a new Youth World Record by Yedige Yemberdi from Kazakhstan in the Men’s 73kg Category. More about this and all the other exciting results in next Monthly Review!