Shi Zhiyong Beats His Own World Record with 199 Kilogram Clean & Jerk

He also matched his world record total of 363 kilograms.

Shi Zhiyong is an absolute record-setting machine. The -73-kilogram weightlifter exceeded his own clean & jerk world record by one kilogram with a 199-kilogram lift. However, the clean & jerk was completed at a national competition, so it will only count as a national record, not a world record (which he also owns). 

Zhiyong’s clean & jerk was done at the 2020 Chinese National Championships held on Oct. 22, 2020, through Oct. 25, 2020, in Kaihua City, Zhejiang Province. At the same competition, he also snatched 164 kilograms to match his current world record total of 363 kilograms. Check out the clean & jerk in the video below:


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Though he didn’t attempt to break it at Chinese Nationals, Zhiyong’s best snatch to date is 168 kilograms, a world record, which he did at the 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships. His world record total of 363 kilograms was set at the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation World Weightlifting Championships, where Zhiyong smashed a 197-kilogram clean &  jerk and a 166-kilogram snatch.

Zhiyong would go on to add another kilogram to the clean & jerk, in tandem with a 165-kilogram snatch, at the 2019 IWF World Cup. At this competition, he set the current world record clean & jerk of 198 kilograms. The heaviest clean & jerk Zhiyong has ever done is 205 kilograms in training.  


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It seems that at each competition he enters, Zhiyong gets closer to upping his total. Now that he’s within a kilogram of a 200-kilogram clean & jerk, which would be an incredible two-and-a-half-times his body weight, and already has a 168-kilogram snatch under his lifting belt — a new world record total is all but inevitable.

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