Meanwhile at the 2015 World Championships…
Update 04.08.2016: My side view of Om Yun Chol’s 171kg Clean & Jerk World Record
Update 10.12.2015: My side view of the 139kg Snatch World Record by Wu Jingbiao.
The Championships kicked off with a thrilling 56kg session. The category was absolutely thick with talent, the competitors included Nestor Colonia (Philippines), Wu Jingbiao (China), Long Qingquan (China), Om Yun Chol (People’s Republic of Korea), Kim Tuan Thach (Vietnam) and Arli Chontey (Kazakhstan). Yang Chin-Yi (Chinese Taipei) didn’t lift because he tested positive for testosterone.
Long Qingquan caused the first upset of the competition, he opened up high with 131kg which was only 7kg away from the World Record and failed all three attempts. Wu Jingbiao also opened high with 135kg which he worryingly missed but that was quickly overcome by a good second lift, which secured him a gold medal in the Snatch. This allowed him to attempt a new World Record Snatch at 139kg. The Chinese team strategically ran down the clock by choosing 138kg before swapping it to 139kg allowing Wu to rest. Much like his second attempt it was fluid and strong thus he secured a 7kg lead from Chontey in second place with 132kg and 8kg away from Om in third place with 131kg. A 14 year old record set by Halil Mutlu (Turkey) was finally broken.
As the Clean and Jerks started Chontey opened with a reasonable 150kg, considering he made a 164kg in the Kazakhstan nationals earlier this year, most likely as an underweight 62kg lifter. Unfortunately he couldn’t secure a lift and after every attempt his elbow looked worse and worse eventually leading to treatment in the warm up room.
Arli Chontey getting treatment on his injured elbow pic.twitter.com/714XKjTg8G
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As the event progressed Colonia, the 2015 Asian Champion, managed to squeeze Thach, the Junior Snatch and Total World Record holder, out of a Clean and Jerk medal but overall Thach kept a bronze medal in the total.
Finally Wu and Om would go head to head with 6 attempts left. The pressure was on Wu to perform, even though he had a massive lead, because Om is a specialist in the Clean and Jerk (holding the current World Record). Wu opened with 160kg and made it with only two steps forward after the jerk, two minutes later he would attempt 163kg which was slightly more of a struggle out of the hole and much like his previous attempt it was secured with two steps forward again. He looked slightly tired and relieved.
Om opened with 165kg, this secured him 3rd in the Snatch and 2nd in the Clean and Jerk plus Total. With 166kg on the bar and the clock running down Wu tried to bounce out of the hole in the Clean but dropped the bar forward. Om needed a new 171kg Clean and Jerk World Record to beat Wu by virtue of bodyweight. With a signature hip sway from his Clean he managed to Jerk the bar, dancing forward he got a down signal and celebrated in traditional Om fashion.
Jingbiao Wu’s World Record Snatch
Jingbiao Wu (56kg, China) breaks the Snatch World Record with 139kg (the same amount he snatched at Chinese Nationals). The old record was set by Halil Mutlu (56kg, Turkey) in 2001.