Blast from the Past …
Wlift84 sent in this gem from the 2000 Olympics.
A 17 year old Zhang Xiangxiang lifts 125/162.5/287.5
The Beijing Olympic champion at 62kg was only 17 when he won his first Olympic medal, the 56kg bronze at the 2000 Sydney games.
He lifted 125/162.5/287.5 for third place on bodyweight. The C&J and Total were Junior WRs at the time and surpass Meng Cheng’s current Youth WRs of 155 and 283.
Since the IWF only established the Youth category a few years later and decided not to look for records retroactively these lifts are lost to the record books.
Some of his other Youth results include 127.5/155/282.5 from his second place at the 2000 Asian Championships as well as 127.5/157.5/285 with which he won the 1999 Chinese Nationals at only 16.