The 2022 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Junior World Championships, taking place May 2-10, 2022, in Heraklion, Greece, have seen history repeat itself. Rizki Juniansyah of Indonesia repeated as the Junior world champion at 73-kilograms and set a new Junior snatch world record of 156 kilograms (343.9 pounds). Here are the results of the Junior Men’s 73-kilogram class:
2022 IWF Junior World Championships | Men’s 73KG
- Rizki Juniansyah (Indonesia) — 341 kilograms
- Snatch — 156 kilograms (751.8 pounds) — Junior World Record
- Clean & Jerk — 185 kilograms (407.9 pounds)
- Alexey Churkin (Kazahkstan)
- Snatch — 146 kilograms (321.9 pounds)
- Clean & Jerk — 183 kilograms (403.5 pounds)
- Ryan Henry Grimsland (USA)
- Snatch — 145 kilograms (319.7 pounds)
- Clean & Jerk — 182 kilograms (401.2 pounds)
Juniansyah bested the previous Junior world record snatch he set at the 2021 IWF Junior World Championships by a single kilogram. He also holds the Junior clean & jerk world record of 194 kilograms (427.7 pounds) and the Junior total world record of 349 kilograms (769.4 pounds). Check out his new Junior world record snatch in the video below, courtesy of the IWF Instagram page:
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According to the IWF’s post caption, Juniansyah scored the Junior world record on his second snatch attempt and forewent his third attempt. Juniansyah stood atop the podium for the second straight year at this competition with room to spare, hitting a total of 12 kilograms more than Churkin’s runner-up performance. A total of 21 other athletes competed against Juniansyah in the 73-kilograms class.
Juniansyah weighed in officially at 72.45 kilograms (159.7 pounds), making his Junior world record snatch 2.2 times his body weight. This marks his second Junior world championship title at age 18, as his 19th birthday is a little over a month after the conclusion of the 2022 IWF Junior World Championships. He claimed all three Junior world records at age 17 at the 2021 IWF Junior World Championships from USA’s CJ Cummings.
Given that Juniansyah is dominant on the world stage in the Junior division at 73 kilograms, it will be interesting to see how close he can come to lifting in world record territory at future contests. Like Juniansyah’s success in the Junior division at 73 kilograms, the Senior 73-kilogram division is helmed by China’s Shi Zhiyong, who holds the snatch, clean & jerk, and total world records.
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