Weightlifting is roaring in 2022. From Oct. 6 to 16 in Manama, Bahrain, the strongest Olympic lifters in the East gathered in Manama, Bahrain to partake in the International Weightlifting Federation’s (IWF) Asian Weightlifting Championships (AWC).
Manama was fraught with excitement, exhilaration, and plenty of surprises for fan and athlete alike. As one of the final prominent weightlifting events before the 2022 World Championships commences in December, Bahrain was a battlefield — and the stakes as high as ever.
Here are the full results from the competition.
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For the first time in the event’s history, the lifting at the 2022 AWC was broadcasted nearly worldwide via a pay-per-view live stream courtesy of Weightlifting House.
For full results beyond the top three positions including the B-Group athletes, refer to the official results book.
Women 45 Kilograms
- Khong My Phuong (VIE) — 78/88/166
- Siti Nafisatul Hariroh (INA) — 71/91/162
- Harshada Sharad Garud (IND) — 68/84/152
Women 49 Kilograms
- Jiali Wang (CHN) — 81/105/186
- Cheng Jing Lin (TPE) — 79/102/181
- Yulduz Jumabayeva (TKM) — 75/97/172
Women 55 Kilograms
- Zulfiya Chinshanlo (KAZ) — 95/125/220
- Linglong Yu (CHN) — 95/115/210
- Nigora Abdullaeva (UZB) — 87/106/193
Women 59 Kilograms
- Xue Long (CHN) — 91/118/209
- Quang Thi Tam (VIE) — 93/115/208
- Natasya Beteyob (INA) — 89/116/205
Women 64 Kilograms
- Pham Thi Hong Thanh (VIE) — 100/117/217
- Thipwara Chontavin (THA) — 91/110/201
- Sarah Sarah (INA) — 89/112/201
Women 71 Kilograms
- Qiuxia Yang (CHN) — 106/122/228
- Gulnabat Kadyrova (TKM) — 102/117/219
- Anuujin Ganzorig (MGL) — 99/116/215
Women 76 Kilograms
- Cuiting Peng (CHN) — 115/128/243
- Aray Nurlybekova (KAZ) — 97/124/221
- Duangkamon Khongthong (THA) — 96/125/221
Women 81 Kilograms
- Seyedehelham Hosseini (IRI) — 102/125/227
- Motoka Nakajima (JPN) — 100/123/223
- Aisha Omarova (KAZ) — 93/124/217
Women 87 Kilograms
- Ankhtsetseg Munkhjantsan (MGL) — 114/135/249
- Ying-Yuan Lo (TPE) — 110/133/243
- Tursunoy Jabborova (UZB) — 112/130/242
Women +87 Kilograms
- Aizada Muptilda (KAZ) — 120/157/277
- Nurul Akmal (INA) — 114/153/267
- Lyubov Kovalchuk (KAZ) — 115/151/266
Here are the men’s results from the 2022 AWC in Bahrain. Note that athletes are ranked by their best result in the Total, in bold.
For comprehensive results of all performers in attendance beyond the podium, refer to the official results book.
Men 55 Kilograms
- Lai Gia Thanh (VIE) — 120/142/262
- Arli Chontey (KAZ) — 116/144/260
- Mansour Al Saleem (KSA) — 119/140/259
Men 61 Kilograms
- Xionghui Jia (CHN) — 140/156/296
- Nguyen Tran Anh Tuan (VIE) — 134/161/295
- Ricko Saputra (INA) — 133/158/291
Men 67 Kilograms
- Adkhamjon Ergashev (UZB) — 138/176/314
- Mohammad Yasin (INA) — 137/166/303
- Anucha Doungsri (THA) — 136165/301
Men 73 Kilograms
- Doston Yokubov (UZB) — 140/182/322
- Shulin Xiang (CHN) — 143/178/321
- Nawaf Almazyadi (KSA) — 139/170/309
Men 81 Kilograms
- Delin Lu (CHN) — 165/188/353
- Rahmat Erwin Abdullah (INA) — 151/198/349
- Mukhammadkodir Toshtemirov (UZB) — 154/192/346
Men 89 Kilograms
- Assylzhan Bektay (KAZ) — 165/197/362
- Emil Moldodosov (KGZ) — 166/195/361
- Masoud Chatraei (IRI) — 162/196/358
Men 96 Kilograms
- Lesman Parades Montano (BRN) — 182/215/397
- Po-Jen Chen (TPE) — 177/206/383
- Artyom Antropov (KAZ) — 158/219/377
Men 102 Kilograms
- Fares El-Bakh (QAT) — 171/215/386
- Reza Dehdar (IRI) — 170/202/372
- Sharofiddin Amriddinov (UZB) — 172/196/368
Men 109 Kilograms
- Rasoul Motamedi Sedeh (IRI) — 180/217/397
- Bekodoolot Rasulbekov (KGZ) — 173/216/389
- Bing-Cheng Dong (TPE) — 165/210/375
Men +109 Kilograms
- Gor Minasyan (BRN) — 210/242/452
- Ali Davoudi (IRI) — 195/243/438
- Mohsen Dadrasal (IRI) — 190/217/407
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the 2022 AWC was Team China’s relative underperformance.
China, which historically dominates weightlifting competitions from the regional level to the Olympic Games (Chinese lifters won as many gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics as athletes from all other countries combined), won 22 medals altogether. Kazakhstan took 23, and Indonesia secured 24 cumulative awards.
However, Team China took home far more golds than any other country — 16 altogether, beating out Vietnam and Kazakhstan, each with nine.
Many of China’s mainstay athletes, current World Record holders, and former Olympians were also not present in Manama this year. The country also opted to send only eight athletes instead of a full 10-strong roster, indicating that they may be prioritizing their veterans for the upcoming Worlds in December.
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Further, there were no new Senior-level World Records set in Bahrain this year. While new records are never guaranteed, it’s something of a shock to see a recordless event take place in the East given the caliber of the athletes there.
A vast majority of the men’s World Records, as well as every women’s Senior World Record, are held by athletes from the Asian region. But none fell in Bahrain this year.
Still, a so-called “underwhelming” Asian competition (if you expected a slew of records) is also an opportunity for new athletes to earn their time in the limelight.
From Bahrain to Bogotá
Before the year is out, weightlifters from Asia and all over the globe will congregate in Bogotá, Colombia, for the 2022 World Weightlifting Championships.
While the highs of this year’s AWC may not have climbed further than times past, there was still plenty of spectacular lifting on the platform. A trend that hopefully continues into the end of the calendar year and culminates when Worlds kicks off on December 5, 2022.
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