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First Turkmen gold in weightlifting on final day

29 April, 2017 (20:46)
Tags: Weightlifting, Turkmenistan

Hojamuhammet Tochyyyev (TKM) handed Turkmenistan its first gold medal in the 2017 Senior Asian Weightlifting Championships when he won the Snatch title in the men’s 105+ category, with Rustam Djangabaev (UZB) winning the Combined gold in the heaviest class for men. Jia Weipeng (CHN) was the strongest overall in the heaviest category for women (90+), and Mohammadreza Barari (IRI) won the Combined men’s 105kg.

Men's 105kg

Mohammadreza Barari (IRI) had a narrow escape in the Snatch event before sweeping all medals in the men’s 105kg. After two missed attempts, the 29-year-old managed to lift 177kg in his final try to seal Snatch gold. Ivan Efremov (UZB) came second with 175kg and Ryunosuke Mochida (JPN) was third with 172kg.

The Clean & Jerk was a tight battle between Barari, his compatriot Ali Hashemi and Seo Huiyeop (KOR). After Hashemi, who competed in the 94kg category at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, had lifted 213kg, Barari topped him with 214kg, but Seo successfully went all-in with 220kg to climb to the Combined top position, and required Barari to lift a personal record of 221kg to secure Clean & Jerk and Combined gold in his final attempt. Barari took on the challenge and succeeded.

Despite his two initial misses, Barari had never been in doubt: “The 177kg was not heavy for me. Even if I would have had to lift 180, I could have done it. I promised my coach I would do it.”

Barari will now focus on the World Championships in Anaheim in November: “I had only 45 days to train for the Asian Championships because of an injury. I will be stronger than this in Anaheim.”

Bronze medal winner Hashemi switched to the 105kg after having competed in the 94kg at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and he said: “This is better for me. I will try and come on top in this category.”

Kianoush Rostami, the Olympic gold medal winner in the 84kg in Rio who visited the championships as a supporter of his country Iran, praised his friend Hashemi: “We will see more of him for sure.”

Snatch

Gold           

IRI

BARARI Mohammadreza

177

Silver

UZB

EFREMOV Ivan

175

Bronze

JPN

MOCHIDA Ryunosuke

172

Clean & Jerk

Gold           

IRI

BARARI Mohammadreza

221

Silver

KOR

SEO Huiyeop

220

Bronze

IRI

HASHEMI Ali

213

Combined

Gold           

IRI

BARARI Mohammadreza

398

Silver

KOR

SEO Huiyeop

390

Bronze

IRI

HASHEMI Ali

384

 

Women's 90kg 
Jia Weipeng (CHN) came one kilogram short of 300 to win the Combined title in the women’s 90+ category. The 21-year-old Chinese took all three gold medals, after lifting 129kg in the Snatch event and 170kg in the Clean & Jerk.

Kim Kuk Hyang (PRK), who won the 2016 Olympic silver in Rio de Janeiro with a total of 306kg, had a go at 174kg in the Clean & Jerk to beat Jia in the Combined ranking, but had to drop the bar immediately after lifting it above her head before stabilising. With 126kg in snatch and 166kg in Clean & Jerk to total 292kg, Kim went home with three silver medals. The three bronze medals went to Chitchanok Pulsabdakul (THA), who lifted 123kg and 145kg for a Combined 268.

Snatch

Gold

CHN

JIA Weipeng

129

Silver

PRK

KIM Kuk Hyang

126

Bronze

THA

PULSABSAKUL Chitchanok

123

Clean & Jerk

Gold           

CHN

JIA Weipeng

170

Silver

PRK

KIM Kuk Hyang

166

Bronze

THA

PULSABSAKUL Chitchanok

145

Combined

Gold           

CHN

JIA Weipeng

299

Silver

PRK

KIM Kuk Hyang

292

Bronze

THA

PULSABSAKUL Chitchanok

268

 

Men’s 105+kg

The final competition in the Championships saw three different winners. Rustam Djangabaev (UZB) grabbed the Combined title with a total of 437kg, and silver medals in both Snatch and Clean & Jerk. Home favourite Hojamuhammet Tochyyyev (TKM) handed Turkmenistan its first gold medal of the tournament when he won the Snatch event with 197kg, while Chen Shih-Chieh (TPE) took the Clean & Jerk gold with 243kg.

Tochyyyev thanked the home crowd for the massive support he received: “I asked the crowd to be silent in order to concentrate and later I asked the crowd to cheer to give me energy. I was very happy to have the competition in my home arena.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t win the overall, because I really wanted to wave that Turkmen flag in front of the home crowd. I want to thank the Turkmen people for their support throughout the competition, even when I couldn’t lift the final weight.”

Combined Champion Djangabaev revealed that he had been confident of success: “I wasn’t afraid I would lose after being second in the snatch. I was confident I would be able to recover from being one kilo down. I was mostly interested in winning the total, after all, this is what counts at the Olympics. I am also happy I added more kilos to my Olympic Games’ total.

“Competing against a local athlete didn’t affect me. I always go out to do my best regardless the conditions. The spectators created a fantastic atmosphere. The venue is great as well. The whole event reminded me of the Olympic Games.”

Snatch

Gold           

TKM

TOYCHYYEV Hojamuhammet

197

Silver

UZB

DJANGABAEV Rustam

196

Bronze

IRI

RABIEIFARADONBEH Ramin

195

Clean & Jerk

Gold           

TPE

CHEN Shih-Chieh

243

Silver

UZB

DJANGABAEV Rustam

241

Bronze

TKM

TOYCHYYEV Hojamuhammet

230

Combined

Gold           

UZB

DJANGABAEV Rustam

437

Silver

TPE

CHEN Shih-Chieh

428

Bronze

TKM

TOYCHYYEV Hojamuhammet

427

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