The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea’s Om Yun-Chol (-55kg) has kicked off the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Weightlifting Championships on top with a massive 166kg clean & jerk. This lift was not only triple his bodyweight, but it was also good enough to break his own clean & jerk world record and earn him gold. On top of earning gold in the clean & jerk and setting a new world record, Yun-Chol also snatched 128kg for a gold medal and ended up breaking the -55kg weight class total world record with a monstrous 294kg. Needless to say, Yun-Chol is your 2019 World Weightlifting Championships -55kg champion.
He beat his previous world record clean & jerk by 4kg. At the 2018 IWF World Weightlifting Championships, he clean & jerked 162kg to earn a gold medal. Before the IWF introduced new weight classes, Yun-Chol was a three-time world champion in the -56kg category. Between the -56kg and the -55kg weight classes, he has earned five IWF World Weightlifting Championships gold medals.
The world standard in the men’s -55kg category was 293kg, and after Yun-Chol’s latest lift he is now the newest and current world record total holder!
His clean & jerk was 20kg over the second place finisher in the men’s -55kg group A, Son Igor. Igor finished with a 120kg snatch and a 146kg clean & jerk for a 266kg total. Yun-chol’s total was 29kg over Igor’s.
Check out Yun-chol’s world record lift below:
Here are the final results from the men’s 55kg Group A:
- First place: Om Yun-chol (294kg total)
- Second place: Igor Son (266kg total)
- Third place: Mansour Abdulrahim Al Saleem (265kg total)
Yun-Chol is also a two-time Olympic medalist, earning a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games and a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The 2019 World Weightlifting Championships are clearly well underway in a big way in Pattaya, Thailand, and we have a feeling that this is only the beginning for the world record setting lifts we’re about to see.
Featured image from @iwfnet Instagram page.