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Deng Wei Wins Her Fifth Weightlifting World Championship With Record-Setting Performance

Deng Wei went six-for-six to win gold at the IWF World Weightlifting Championships!

Chinese weightlifter Deng Wei went six for six at the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Weightlifting Championships to defend her title as World Champion in the women’s 64kg weight class.

Wei earned her fifth title as World Champion, and also put on a world record setting performance. Her lifts looked like this:

  • Snatch: 116kg
  • Clean & Jerk: 145kg
  • Total: 261kg

Weightlifting House shared a clip for her performance in Pattaya, Thailand below,

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@dengweichina is the epitome of a professional. In a sensational six for six performance Deng Wei did what Deng way does, break all of her own world records and replace them with all new ones, ones that reflect the expansion of her abilities that have come from chipping away at her training day by day.⁣ ⁣ Just 2 days ago in the training hall I saw Deng Wei lifting. She was incredibly thoughtful with each lift, even practicing her hand placement and foot angle upon approaching the barbell. She would walk up to the bar, strap up, get set, and then let go and stand up. She did this in sets of 3 multiple times.⁣ ⁣ Her level of preparation is to the extent of perfecting hand placement and foot angles by millimetres…⁣ ⁣ …⁣ ⁣ Shout-out to @liftinglife for the phenomenal work that they do. Working with these guys all week has been inspiring to say the least!⁣ ⁣ 🏋️‍♂️🏠🎙⁣ #weightliftinghouse #weightliftinghousepodcast

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Wei’s lifts broke the previous world records she set at the 2018 IWF Weightlifting World Championships. Her performances in 2018 looked like this:

  • Snatch: 112kg
  • Clean & Jerk: 140kg
  • Total: 252kg

She shared a post on her Instagram after winning golf on Sunday, and wrote:

I’m the lucky person because I have the best coach and team, can’t get it without you guys.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2vAX1iAIiQ/

Wei is just 26-years-old and has already positioned herself to be one of the most dominant 64kg weightlifters in the world, and even has an Olympic gold medal to her name. Wei won gold in the 63kg bodyweight category at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. 

Wei finished 10kg ahead of the second place finisher at the 2019 IWF World Weightlifting Championships. The top five results in the 64kg weight class from this year were:

  • First place: DENG Wei
  • Second place: RIM Un Sim
  • Third place: TOMA Loredana-Elena
  • Fourth place: PEREZ TIGRERO Mercedes Isabel
  • Fifth place: LEPSA Irina-Lacramioara

Un Sim Rim claimed all three silver medals with a 114kg snatch, 137kg clean & jerk, and a 251kg total. After this performance, Wei currently has claimed 14 world medals. This most recent performance is also a bit of a flashback to last year’s Worlds where Wei also beat out Rim for the gold medal. 

The IWF World Weightlifting Championships has been underway since September 18th, and we’ve already seen a handful of gold medals and world records. The competition runs through September 28th, but as far as competing goes, Wei’s job is done. We can’t wait to see her defend her title as Olympic champion next!

Featured image from @dengweichina Instagram page.

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