Chinese weightlifter Li Wenwen can now proudly claim three world records. The +87kg athlete had an incredible performance to close out the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Weightlifting Championships with a 146kg snatch, and a 186kg clean & jerk for a 332kg total.
While her snatch was 1kg under her current world record of 147kg, her clean & jerk and total both surpassed the previous world records held by five-time world champion, Tatiana Kashirina. Kashirina ended up snagging a second place finish with a 140kg snatch and 178kg clean & jerk for a 318kg total.
At just 19-years-old Li Wenwen now holds three senior world records.
Check out Li Wenwen’s record-setting performance below:
The +87kg weight class closed out the women’s competition at the 2019 IWF World Weightlifting Championships. The medal spots went to Li Wenwen, Tatiana Kashirina, and MENG Suping.
Here are the final results:
- First place: Li Wenwen
- Second place: Tatiana Kashirin
- Third place: MENG Suping
- Fourth place: KIM Kuk Hyang
- Fifth place: LYSENKO Anastasiia
One athlete we had our eyes on in the +87kg competition was USA weightlifter Sarah Robles. Robles ended up finishing in seventh place with a 125kg snatch and 160kg clean & jerk for a 285kg total.
The +87kg showdown was one of the most entertaining weight classes to watch, and with young Li Wenwen making such a huge statement on a world platform, we can only imagine how good she will be when the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games roll around. MENG Suping, the gold medal winner from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, finished 21kg under Li Wenwen’s total.
Friday certainly lived up to the hype with Li Wenwen’s world record-breaking performance and Lasha Talakhadze (+109kg) putting on an absolute performance where he extended his best all-time world record total by an astounding 6kg. With the conclusion of the women’s +87kg and men’s +109kg, this now wraps up all the action from the 2019 IWF World Weightlifting Championships!
Featured image from @iwfnet Instagram page.